3409 Dwinelle

Tae Hyun Kim

Korean Program

Tae Hyun Kim has a BA in Chinese Culture (Sogang University, Korea; 2005) and a Ph.D. in Chinese (UC Berkeley; 2019). He joined EALC in Fall 2010 as a Ph.D. student and in Fall 2019 as a Lecturer in Pre-modern and Modern Korean Literature and Culture. His main research interests include excavated and purchased archaeological writings, collective composition of early texts, construction of social identity, and production of historical discourses in early China, all of which were examined in his dissertation entitled “Memory, Story, History in Early China.” Tae Hyun is also very interested in Critical Theory, particularly philosophical and theoretical questions and discussions in the fields of Collective Memory Studies, Narratology, and Historiography. Now using the concepts and discourses from Critical Theory, he extends his research into early East Asian cultural sphere covering the regions we now call China, Korea and Japan, focusing on the issue of formation and change of the cultural identities in the diverse polities represented in their records of social memory. He currently teaches Pre-modern and Modern Korean Literature, Religions, History, and Historiography, with particular emphasis on the Koreans’ cultural interaction with and reaction to outer worlds in the long-term construction of national identity.