Ju Oak Kim (Jade) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Communication in the College of Arts and Sciences 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. She also won Chosun Ilbo’s annual spring literary contest for Springtime in 2001 and 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, media representations of gender, class, and race, East Asian media and cultural studies, and Korean popular culture. Her work has appeared in International Journal of Communication, Culture, Theory, and Critique, 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 pop music and intra-regionalization in television production. Through observing behind-the-screen operations of the Korean television and popular music industries, she focuses on the process through which local actors position themselves as centers in the global media 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.