Cheehyung Harrison Kim
East Asia, Korea, North Korea, socialism, labor, industrialism, everyday life, urban life, transnationality, visuality
Office: Sakamaki B403
Phone: (808) 956-6761
BA The University of Texas at Austin, 1998; PhD Columbia University, 2010
Cheehyung Harrison Kim’s research and teaching focus on socialism, labor, industrialism, everyday life, and urbanism in the context of East Asia and, in particular, North Korea. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, and he did his graduate studies at Columbia University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Hanyang University’s Research Institute of Comparative History and Culture (in Seoul) and at Duke University’s Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. His research awards include the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship and the American Council of Learned Societies Faculty Fellowship. At the University of Hawai‘i, he is also a faculty member of the Center for Korean Studies. Heroes and Toilers: Work as Life in Postwar North Korea, 1953-1961 (Columbia University Press, 2018) is his first book. It is about the experience of factory workers in postwar North Korea as well as the transnational condition of industrialism that overwhelmed the entire modern world. He is currently writing a transnational history of architecture and urbanization in North Korea.
- Heroes and Toilers: Work as Life in Postwar North Korea, 1953-1961 (Columbia University, 2018).
- “Kim Il Sung: Partisan from the Edges of Empire,” The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism edited by Immanuel Ness and Zack Cope (Palgrave Macmillan 2016).
- “North Korea’s Vinalon City: Industrialism as Socialist Everyday Life,” Positions: Asia Critique 22.4 (2014).
- “Total, Thus Broken: Chuch’e Sasang and North Korea’s Terrain of Subjectivity.” The Journal of Korean Studies, 17.1 (2012).