Su Yun KIM

Dr. Su Yun KIM 김수연

Assistant Professor of Korean Studies
(On sabbatical leave: July – December, 2019)
Email: suyunkim@hku.hk

Research Interest
I specialize in modern Korean literature and culture. My interests include imperialism and colonialism in East Asia; gender and sexuality; colonialism and race; affect; and popular narratives. My current research project, Romancing Imperial Japan: Fictions of Colonial Intimacy and Family in Korea, 1905–1945 examines discourses of romance and marriage between Koreans and Japanese by critically analyzing print culture, including literary texts and popular media, and film from the colonial era. I have recently launched another research topic that explores the production of popular fiction and romance and family-relations in 20th Century Korea supported by HKU (Seed Fund for Basic Research) and Early Career Scheme of the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong, SAR. While my monograph projects focus on Korea, my co-edited book East Asian Transwar Popular Culture: Literature and Film from Taiwan and Korea (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) explores the shared experience of colonialism and post-colonialism of Korea and Taiwan through analysis of literature and film. This project was supported by Louis Cha Fund and China-West Strategic Research Theme Fund of HKU.

Selected Publication
Pei-yin Lin and Su Yun Kim (eds). East Asian Transwar Popular Culture: Literature and Film from Taiwan and Korea. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019 (click here for link)

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Su Yun Kim, “From the Detective to the Romance Genre: Popular Fiction in Postcolonial Korea” in East Asian Transwar Popular Culture: Literature and Film from Taiwan and Korea (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)

Pei-yin Lin and Su Yun Kim, “Introduction,” East Asian Transwar Popular Culture: Literature and Film from Taiwan and Korea. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

Su Yun Kim, “Claiming Colonial Masculinity: Sex and Romance with Japanese Women in Ch’ae Mansik’s Colonial Fiction,” Acta Koreana 21, no.1. (June 2018): 255–282. (click here for link)

Su Yun Kim, “Racialization and Colonial Space: Intermarriage in Yi Hyo-sŏk’s Works,” Journal of Korean Studies 18, no. 1. (2013): 29-59. (click here for link)

Previous Posts

  • Department of Comparative Literature and Asian Studies Program, Hamilton College, New York (Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor)
  • JSPS (Japan Society of Promotion of Science, under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Monbukagakusho)) Postdoctoral Fellow at Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan

Education
Ph.D. Literature, University of California, San Diego
C.Phil. Comparative Literature, University of California, San Diego
M.A. Comparative Literature, Yonsei University
B.A. French Language and Literature, Yonsei University

Courses Taught at SMLC
KORE1021 Introduction to Korean culture and society
KORE2024 Korean Studies 1 (co-teaching with Ewha Womans University)
KORE2032 Korean Literature in Translation: Sentiments and Human Relationships in Modern Korean Fiction
KORE2033 Modern and Contemporary Korea: Social Movements and Modernity
KORE2026 Topics in Korean Culture and Society (Introduction to Korean Cinema)
KORE2034 Gender, Sexuality, and Family in Korea
KORE3022 Korean Studies Research Project (capstone experience)
KORE3038 Korean Studies Research Seminar (capstone experience)

Contact
Tel. (852) 3917 4069
Office: 5.39 Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
HKU Scholars Hub: http://hub.hku.hk/cris/rp/rp01665