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, 2004), former content producer at Samsung Economic Research Institute, and former media consultant at the Korea Society. After winning Chosun Ilbo‘s annual spring literary contest for Springtime (2001), Kim has had six short stories published in literary journals and newspapers. Additionally, she is a recipient of the Global Korea Scholarship, selected by the National Institute for International Education and funded by Korean Ministry of Education (2010-2012).

Her research and teaching interests include global media industries, transnational media, television studies, media convergence and production culture, transmedia storytelling, media representations of gender, class, and race, East Asian media transactions, and Korean media and cultural studies. Her work has appeared in International Journal of Communication, Culture, Theory, and Critique, International Journal of Korean Studies, The Journal of Popular Culture, Journal of Fandom Studies, and China Media Research.

She is currently working on her monograph that examines trans-local hybridization in music production and intra-regionalization in television culture. Through observing behind-the-screen operations of the Korean television and popular music industries, she focuses on the process through which local practitioners position themselves as centers in the global media entertainment industries. This research project uncovers how production culture, which is contextualized by Korea’s social structure, history, geography, and economy, yields a particular form of cultural globalization.

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