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Dr. Loretta Kim
Programme Director and Associate Professor


Loretta Kim

A native of the United States, Dr. Kim [金由美] is a graduate of Harvard University (BA, MA, PhD) and was formerly an assistant professor at the State University of New York (Albany) and Hong Kong Baptist University. She is a historian of late imperial and modern China, and has also taught courses on modern Asia, colonialism and imperialism in Southeast Asia, and Sino-Russian relations. Her primary research areas include the history of Inner Asia from 1600 to the present, comparative history of borderlands and frontiers, and Chinese ethnic minority languages and literatures (including Manchu and Mongolian).

Dr. Kim's first single-authored monograph (see below) is about the Orochen people in northern Heilongjiang during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). She has also recently completed a GRF-funded project about non-Han names in Northeast China from 1600 to 1900, a second monograph about the Russian Orthodox Church in Hong Kong, and is working on a third monograph about food resources and culinary practices in the Amur River region.

Selected Recent Publications

Co-authored with Chengyi Zhou. The Russian Orthodox Community in Hong Kong: Religion, Ethnicity, and Intercultural Relations. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (imprint of Rowman and Littlefield), 2021.

Kim, Loretta E. “Remembered by More Than One Name: Transcription, Multiscriptualism, and Ethnic Heritage in the Case of the Dedule Clan Genealogy.” Studia Orientalia Slovaca 20.1 (2021): 47–83.

Kim, Loretta E. (principal researcher and coordinator). Northeast China Non-Han Name Lexicon (NCNHNL), searchable database,

Kim, Loretta E. “Recovering Translation Lost: Symbiosis and Ambilingual Design in Chinese/Manchu Language Reference Manuals of the Qing Dynasty,” in Impagination–Layout and Materiality of Writing and Publication, eds. Ku-ming (Kevin Chang, Anthony Grafton, and Glenn W. Most. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2021, 323–50.

Kim, Loretta E. Ethnic Chrysalis: China’s Orochen People and the Legacy of Qing Borderland Administration. Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series 119. Cambridge and London: Harvard University Press, 2019. ISBN: 9780674237193, LCCN: 2018034038, LCC DS731.076 K56 2019

Kim, Loretta E. “From Residency to Citizenship: Chinese Nationalism and Changing Criteria for Political and Legal Interpretations of Hong Kong Identity in the Post-1997 Era,” in Reimagining Nation and Nationalism in Multicultural East Asia. London: Routledge, September 2017, 123–40.

Kim, Loretta E. “Inclement Weather and Human Error: Regular Irregularities in the Manchurian Tribute System during the Qing Dynasty.” Empire and Environment in the Making of Manchuria. Vancouver BC: UBC Press, February 2017, 80–106.



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