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Tae Hyun KimProvost's Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow in East Asian Studies

Tae Hyun Kim specializes in Early Chinese Literature and Religions (ca. 12th to 1st century BCE) with a focus on Excavated Manuscripts and Archaeology. He is interested in re-examining and deconstructing traditional narratives and frameworks of Early Chinese Intellectual History with new archaeological data and unearthed written materials, many of which are lost, forgotten, or excluded in the dominant politico-cultural traditions. In this, Dr. Kim pays special attention to the production and transmission of canonical/classical writings that had forged and conditioned peoples’ collective memory of the past in the early cultures or civilizations that had existed mainly in the territory of the People’s Republic of China today. He is currently working on his first book manuscript, tentatively entitled “Memory and Story of the Past: The Formation of the Idea of History in Early China.”   

Dr. Kim received a Ph.D. in Chinese with Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2019. Before joining Emory, he taught numerous courses on Chinese/Korean Literature and Culture, and East Asian Religions at UC Berkeley and Washington University in St. Louis.      

Tae Hyun is an avid moviegoer and hiking enthusiast. He plays the piano and guitar and cooks Korean food at home. He enjoys talking and teaching about great sages and their books in the traditions commonly known as Confucianism and Daoism, practicing Won Buddhist cultivation of mind every day, and attending a Catholic mass every Sunday. Staying idealistic, optimistic, and open-minded, Tae Hyun is a lover of all kinds of great teachings, lessons, and theories for our life and the world.