Dr. Su Yun KIM 김수연

Korean Studies Programme Director
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Associate Professor of Korean Studies
Korean Studies Webmaster
Email: suyunkim@ hku.hk

Research Interest
I specialize in modern Korean literature and culture. My interests include imperialism and colonialism in East Asia (former Japanese Empire),  gender and sexuality, race, popular literature (middlebrow and lowbrow literature), Korean literary history and novel, transwar Korean cinema. My monograph, Imperial Romance: Fictions of Colonial Intimacy in Korea, 1905–1945 examines discourses of romance and marriage between Koreans and Japanese by critically analyzing print culture, including literary texts, popular media, and film from the colonial era in Korea. Book reviews of Imperial Romance appeared in the Journal of Asian Studies, International Journal of Asian Studies, and CHOICE. My current research explores the production of popular fiction and romance in 20th Century Korea supported by several research grants including the General Research Fund (GRF) from the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong, and the Academy of Korean Studies. Meanwhile, I have co-edited a book on the transwar culture of Korea and Taiwan. 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.

Co-organizer of The Modern East Asian Literature Research Cluster.

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

Previous Posts
Hamilton College (NY), Department of Comparative Literature and Asian Studies Program: Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor
Doshisha University (Kyoto): Department of Sociology, JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow

Achievement Highlights
2022   Awarded GRF (2023-25) from the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong for “Middlebrow Literature and Feminist Imagination: Towards A New Genealogy of the Novel in Korea, 1930-1960.”
2021   Awarded Cross-national Interdisciplinary Research Grant, Harvard-Yenching Institute. 2022/23.
2021   Awarded the Academy of Korean Studies, Individual Research Grant, 2022/23.
2019   Awarded Harvard-Yenching Institute, Visiting Scholar (2019/20), to conduct 10-month independent research.
2014   ECS (2015-18) from the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong for “Production of Popular Fiction: Romance and Family Themes in Modern and Contemporary Korea”
2010   Awarded Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), 2010/12.

Selected Publications
Books
Imperial Romance: Fictions of Colonial Intimacy in Korea, 1905–1945. Cornell University Press, 2020

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

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Link: New Books Network’s podcast on Imperial Romance with the author.

Book Chapters
“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).

“Claiming Colonial Masculinity: Sex and Romance in Ch’ae Mansik’s Colonial Fiction.” In East Asian Transwar Popular Culture: Literature and Film from Taiwan and Korea (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).

“Introduction” (Co-authored). In East Asian Transwar Popular Culture: Literature and Film from Taiwan and Korea (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).

Articles
“Transwar Continuities of Colonial Intimacy: Korean–Japanese Relationships in Korean Cinema, 1940s-1960s.” Asian Studies Review 45, no.3 (2021): 400-419, DOI: 10.1080/10357823.2020.1809633

“Claiming Colonial Masculinity: Sex and Romance with Japanese Women in Ch’ae Mansik’s Colonial Fiction.” Acta Koreana 21, no.1. (2018): 255–282. doi:10.18399/acta.2018.21.1.010

“Racialization and Colonial Space: Intermarriage in Yi Hyo-sŏk’s Works.” Journal of Korean Studies 18, no. 1. (2013): 29-59. doi: 10.1353/jks.2013.0002

Courses Taught at SMLC
KORE1021 Introduction to Korean culture and society
KORE2024 Korean Studies 1 (co-teaching with Ewha Womans University)
KORE3022 Korean Studies Research Project (capstone experience)
KORE3038 Korean Studies Research Seminar (capstone experience)

KORE2026 Topics in Korean Culture and Society (Introduction to Korean Cinema)
KORE2032 Korean Literature in Translation: Sentiments and Human Relationships in Modern Korean Fiction
KORE2033 Modern and Contemporary Korea: Social Movements and Modernity
KORE2034 Gender, Sexuality, and Family in Korea
KORE3036 Special topics in modern Korean literature
KORE3032  Directed readings in Korean Studies
KORE4009 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