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Elaine Kim

Professor of the Graduate School

Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies

Asian American literary and cultural studies, Asian and Asian American Feminist Studies, Korean American Studies

Ph.D., UC Berkeley M.A., Columbia University
B.A., University of Pennsylvania

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Asian american literature an introduction to the writings and their social context
Dangerous women
East to america
Echoes upon echoes
Daring gazes
Making more waves
Making waves
Writing self writing nation

Select publications

Writer and director, Slaying the Dragon Reloaded: Asian Women in Hollywood and Beyond, 2011

Fresh Talk/Daring Gazes: Conversations On Asian American Art (with Margo Machida and Sharon Mizota), Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2003 (Association for Asian American Studies Book Award in Cultural Studies, 2004)

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, with Laura Hyun Yi Kang, Philadelphia: Temple University Press 2003

Executive Producer, Labor Women, 2002

Dangerous Women: Gender and Korean Nationalism (co-edited with Chungmoo Choi), New York: Routledge, 1998

Making More Waves: New Writing By Asian American Women (co-edited with Lilia V. Villanueva), Boston: Beacon Press, 1997: 184-194

“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 (co-edited with Eui-Young Yu), New York: The New Press, 1996

Writing Self, Writing Nation: A Collection of Essays on DICTEE by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (co-author with Laura Hyun Yi Kang, Lisa M. Lowe, and Shelley Sunn Wong), Berkeley: Third Woman Press, 1994

Making Waves: Writings By and About Asian American Women (co-edited with Asian Women United of California), Boston: Beacon Press, 1989

Asian American Literature: An Introduction to the Writings and Their Social Context, Philadelphia: Temple University Press, l982; translated into Japanese 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

Awards & Honors

San Francisco Asian Pacific American Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award, 2012

Association for Asian American Studies Lifetime Achievement Award, 2011

Organization of American Historians -Japan Association of American Studies Short Term Residency, Waseda University, June 2008

Featured Writer, Berkeley Writers at Work, UC Berkeley, 18 October 2006

Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Award for Excellence in Education, California State Assembly, May 2006

Association for Asian American Studies Book Award in Cultural Studies, 2004

Honorary Doctorate of Laws, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, May 2004

“A.100: the 100 most influential Asian Americans of the past decade,” A. Magazine, 1999

Global Korea Award, 1998

Hall of Outstanding Women at Cal, 1995

Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters, University of Massachusetts, Boston, 1995

“Profiles in Excellence,” KGO-TV, June 27, 1993 and December 26, 1993

Jessie Bernard Wise Woman Award, Center for Women Policy Studies, 1991

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, 1983