Kevin Kim receives research grant and discusses Orientalism


IAS faculty member Kevin Y. Kim has received a 2017 grant from the State Historical Society of Iowa. This nationally competitive grant is awarded annually to promising research projects which pursue innovative approaches to historical topics which draw on Iowa-related archives. In pursuance of this grant, Kim will visit several research sites in Iowa in fall 2017, and produce a scholarly article for the Annals of Iowa, a well-known journal published by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, in fall 2018.

In late June 2017, Kim also served as commentator and discussant at a panel at the 50th annual meeting of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations in Arlington, VA. At this panel, “Orientalism and Its Discontents: The U.S. Public and the Transpacific Cultural Cold War,” Kim offered scholarly comment on three ground-breaking papers by scholars from the United States, Japan, and the People’s Republic of China (PRC). As Kim noted, such work emphasizes the continuing relevance of Edward Said’s Orientalism in new academic studies on cultural and sociopolitical relations between the United States and Taiwan, Vietnam, the People’s Republic of China, and other East Asian societies in the 1960s-1970s era of U.S.-PRC rapprochement.