Ju Oak (Jade) Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Communication at Texas A&M International University.  She is the former television writer of the critically acclaimed TV documentary series, China (KBS1, 2001-2004), former content producer at the Samsung Economic Research Institute (2006), and former media consultant at the Korea Society (2009-2010). In addition, Kim has had six short stories published in literary journals and newspapers. She is the winner of Chosun Ilbo’s annual spring literary contest for Springtime (2001).

Her research and teaching interests include global media industries, transnational media, digital convergence and production culture, media representations of race, gender, and ethnicity, East Asian media connections, and Korean media and cultural studies. Her work has appeared in the International Journal of Communication, Culture, Theory, and CritiqueInternational Journal of Korean StudiesThe Journal of Popular CultureJournal of Fandom Studies, and China Media Research.

Kim is currently working on her monograph that maps out global networks of Korean media producers and international consumers, transcending the East/West dichotomy in the scholarly discussion of globalization. Through observing the behind-the-screen operations of the Korean television and popular music industries, she attempts to unearth the historical, critical cultural, and post-structural dimensions of East Asian media connections and the geopolitical implications of Korean media culture and practice in an era of digital convergence. Kim is a recipient of the Global Korea Scholarship, selected by the National Institute for International Education and funded by the Korean Ministry of Education (2010-2012).

Kim can be reached at juoak.kim@tamiu.edu

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