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Programme Director, China Studies
Head, School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Kim, Loretta

China Studies
PhD Harvard University
MA, BA Harvard University


A native of the United States, Dr. Kim [金由美] is a graduate of Harvard University (BA, MA, PhD) and was formerly an assistant professor at the State University of New York (Albany) and Hong Kong Baptist University before joining SMLC. She is a historian of late imperial and modern China, and has also taught courses on modern Asia, colonialism and imperialism in Southeast Asia, and Sino-Russian relations. Her primary research areas include the history of Inner Asia from 1600 to the present, comparative history of borderlands and frontiers, and Chinese ethnic minority languages and literatures, particularly Manchu and Mongolian.

Dr. Kim's first single-authored monograph (see below) is about the Orochen people in northern Heilongjiang during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Her second major work is a co-authored monograph about the Russian Orthodox Church in Hong Kong. She has also recently completed a GRF-funded project about non-Han names in Northeast China from 1600 to 1900 and is working on a third monograph about food resources and culinary practices in the Amur River region.

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Region and Language

China, Inner Asia, Northeast Asia, Chinese communities overseas, Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Manchu, Mongolian, Russian

Research Area

History of China and Inner Asia, 1600–present, Ethnic minorities and ethnic policies in China, Borderlands and frontiers, Hybrid cultures, International relations in East Asia: Sino-Korean, Sino-Japanese, Sino-Russian, Non-Han languages in China

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