Sandra Kim

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Biographical Sketch

Sandra So Hee Chi Kim is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. Her research interests include war and memory; ethnicity and identity; diaspora and phenomenology; postcolonial studies; transpacific/transnational studies. She has published and forthcoming articles in Diaspora, Discourse, positions: asia critique and Occasion.


  • B.A. Stanford University, 2001


Summary Statement of Research Interests

  • My dissertation and book project, _The Anxiety of Interrupted Kinship: Transpacific Cultures of Korea’s Traumas_, investigates “interrupted kinship” as a anxiety construct that produces and circulates key sociocultural concepts, narrative tropes, and visual cultural traces that have developed from Korea’s serial traumas of colonization, ongoing war, and national partition. It is one of the first works to examine the accumulated psychosocial effects of such a persistent state of national precarity on cultural productions in not only Korea, but also the Korean-American diaspora. In a research landscape that tends to silo “area studies,” my project connects Korean and Korean-American cultural and historical archives together in ways that break ground for new modes of cultural critique and theory. The Korean and Korean-American texts that I analyze together index a transpacific geopolitical context that follows the effects of Korea’s collective traumas through generations and displacements across an ocean. This comparative ethnic research considers transcultural racializations, ethnonational formations, collective memory, biologistic anxieties, and social (re)production.