Elaine H. Kim

Elaine H. Kim



594 Barrows

Office hours: by appointment

Check out these two videos from Elaine Kim’s Retirement Party:

Elaine Kim’s Retirement Video


Messages for Elaine Kim



  • PhD, Social Foundations of Education and graduate studies in English Literature, University of California Berkeley
  • MA, English and Comparative Literature with honors, Columbia University
  • BA, English and American Literature with honors and distinction, University of Pennsylvania

Research interests

Korean American and Korean Diaspora Studies; Asian American Literary and Cultural Studies; Asian American Cinema; Asian American Feminism

Selected publications

  • Fresh Talk/Daring Gazes: Issues in Asian American Visual Art, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2003 (with Margo Machida and Sharon Mizota)
  • InvASIAN: Asian Sisters Represent, A Collection of Writings for Asian and Pacific American Teenaged Girls, San Francisco Study Center/Asian Women United of California, 2003
  • Echoes Upon Echoes: New Korean American Writing, New York: Asian American Writers Workshop/Temple University Press, 2003  (co-edited with Laura Hyun Yi Kang)
  • Dangerous Women: Gender and Korean Nationalism, New York: Routledge, 1998 (co-edited with Chungmoo Choi)
  • Making More Waves: New Writing By Asian American Women, Boston: Beacon Press, 1997 (co-edited with Lilia V. Villanueva)
  • “New formations, New Questions: Asian American Studies” (special issue co-edited with Lisa M. Lowe), positions: east asia cultures critique 5, no. 2 (fall 1997)
  • East To America: Korean American Life Stories, New York: The New Press, 1996 (co-edited with Eui-Young Yu)
  • Writing Self, Writing Nation: A Collection of Essays on  DICTEE by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Berkeley: Third Woman Press, 1994 (co-author with Laura Hyun Yi Kang, Lisa M. Lowe, and Shelley Sunn Wong)
  • Making Waves: Writings By and About Asian American Women, Boston: Beacon Press, 1989 (co-edited with Asian Women United of California)
  • Asian American Literature: An Introduction to the Writings and Their Social Context, Philadelphia: Temple University Press, l982

Media Activities

  • Producer, Director, and Writer: Slaying the Dragon Reloaded: Asian Women in Hollywood and Beyond   2011
  • Executive Producer, Labor Women, 2002
  • Co-Producer, Sa-i-gu: From Korean Women’s Perspectives, 1992
  • Associate Producer, Slaying the Dragon: Asian Women in U.S. Television and Film, 1988

Honors & Awards

  • Asian Pacific American Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award, 2011
  • Association for Asian American Studies Lifetime Achievement Award, 2011
  • Award for Excellence in Education, California State Assembly, 2006
  • Association for Asian American Studies Cultural Studies Book Award for  Fresh Talk/Daring Gazes, 2004
  • Honorary Doctorate of Laws, Notre Dame University, 2004
  • President’s Commission on Women in U.S. History, 1998-2000
  • Global Korea Award, 1998
  • Kiriyama Book Prize Finalist for East To America, 1996
  • Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters, University of Massachusetts Boston, 1995
  • Hall of Outstanding Women at Cal, 1995
  • ABC-TV Profile of Excellence Award, 1993
  • Jessie Bernard Wise Woman Award, Center for Women Policy Studies
  • October 1991
  • Association for Asian American Studies Book Award for Making Waves, 1990
  • Woman Warrior Award, Pacific Asian Women’s Bay Area Coalition, 1987
  • Honorary Member, Golden Key National Honor Society, 1987
  • Leadership Award, Second Annual Women’s Leadership Conference, San Francisco Women’s Center, November 1983
  • Rockefeller Fellow
  • Fulbright Fellow


  • ES 200. Critical Terms and Issues in Comparative Ethnic Studies
  • AAS 171. Asian American Cinema
  • AAS 183. Korean American and Korean Diaspora Studies