Kyung Hyun Kim

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Professor, East Asian Studies
School of Humanities

Professor, Visual Studies
School of Humanities

Ph.D., USC, 1998, Cinema Studies


University of California, Irvine
HIB 475
Mail Code: 6000
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
east asian cinema, modern Korea, critical theory, Korean literature
Prof. Kyung Hyun Kim is a creative writer and an academic, who is currently a professor in the Department of East Asian Studies and Visual Studies, UC Irvine. He has worked with internationally renowned directors such as Hong Sang-soo, Lee Chang-dong and Marty Scorsese. Prof. Kim is author of Virtual Hallyu: Korean Cinema of the Global Era, The Remasculinization of Korean Cinema, Hegemonic Mimicry: Korean Popular Culture of 21st Century, all of them published by Duke University Press, and a Korean-language novel entitled In Search of Lost G (Ireo beorin G-reul chajaso, 2014) about a Korean mother combing through the US in search of her missing son during his junior year in a Massachusetts prep school. He has coproduced and co-scripted two award-winning feature films Never Forever (2007, Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Main Competition) and The Housemaid (2010, Cannes Film Festival Main Competition), and his co-scripted film screenplay, The Origins of a Detective (Hyeongsa eui kiwon), won the cash prize (US$ 30,000) for being selected for the 2019 Best Film Development Project by the Korean Film Commission. He has also written The Mask Debate, his first theatre screenplay, which premiered in February 2021 through UCI’s Illuminations: Chancellor’s Initiative in Arts and Drama YouTube channel. See link above.
He is the founding director of UCI’s Center for Critical Korean Studies.
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