German Nikolaevich Kim (Russian: Герман Николаевич Ким) is Head of the Department of Korean Studies at Al-Farabi University, Kazakhstan and one of the leading internationally recognised scholars of the Koryo-saram.
Kim was born 16 July 1953 in Ushtobe, Taldy-Kurgan Oblast, Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic, one of three sons of Nikolai Kim (also known by his Korean name Kim Dyunbin), a safety engineer and premises manager at the Korean Theatre of Kazakhstan. He jokingly refers to his hometown as the "Korean capital" of the former Soviet Union. He entered Kazakh National University (now known as Al-Farabi University) in 1971 as a student of world history and German language; after his graduation in 1977, he found work as a teacher of German, which he continued until the mid-eighties.
Decision to study Koryo-saram history
In 1985, with the onset of perestroika and glasnost, it became permitted for the first time to speak openly of the deportation of Koreans in the Soviet Union and other tragedies which had afflicted the Koryo-saram. This piqued Kim's interest in the history of his ancestors, and in 1987, he returned to Kazakh National University as a doctoral candidate, writing his thesis on the topic of "Socio-Cultural Development of Koreans in Kazakhstan in 1946-1966"; after graduation up until today, he has continued his work in the field of Koryo-saram studies.
Aside from teaching and research, Kim also presently[update] holds the position of Vice-Chairman of the Association of Koreans in Kazakhstan, from 2000 he is a member of the NUAK (National Unification Advisory Council). For academic, educational and social efforts he was awarded certificates of merit of KazNU, Ministry of Education and Sciences and the highest title of the “Honored worker of the Republic Kazakhstan” (2007). He additionally was a historical consultant for the documentary film Koryo Saram: The Unreliable People.
Kim has written and edited a large number of books and published over hundred articles, originally in his native Russian, but translated into several languages. He presented papers in over 50 international conferences, seminars and workshops in Asia, North and South America, and Europe. He is a member of the International Commission on Sources of the History of Korea; Korean Studies Associations in Europe, Asia and USA. Since 1996 he is the Chief-editor of the journal Newsletter of Korean Studies in Central Asia and is a member of the editorial board of the journals Acta Koreana (Los Angeles), Korea Forum (New York), International Area Review (Seoul).
Kim received research and field work grants from the Korea Research Foundation (1991, 2001), Korea Foundation (1992, 2004), British Academy (1992), Soros Foundation (1998), Japan Museum of Anthropology in Osaka (2002), IREX (2003), Academy of Korean Studies (2005, 2006), A. Mellon Global Foundation (2006), POSCO (2007), IDE JETRO (2008) and Center for Slavic Studies Hokkaido University (2008). He taught special courses as a visiting professor at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (Seoul, 2004), the Institute of Humanities at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2006) and Slavic Research Center of the University of Hokkaido (Sapporo, 2008–09).
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- Koreans abroad: Past, Present and Future. Almaty: Academic Press Gylym, 1995, 202 P.
- History of Korean Immigration. Vol.1. Second Half of XIX c.-1945. Almaty: Daik Press, 1999, 424 P.
- Koryo Saram: Historiography and Bibliography. Almaty: KazNU Press, 2000, 280 P.
- In co-authorship with Shin Yong Seob. History of Education of Koreans in Russia and Kazakhstan. Second half of XIX c. – 2000. Almaty: KazNU Press, 2001, 368 P.
- Co-edited with Ross King. Koryo Saram: Koreans in the former USSR. Korean and Korean American Studies Bulletin, Vol.12, No.2/3, 2001, 189 P.
- The History of Religions in Korea. (Textbook for Students). Almaty: KazNU Press, 2001, 230 P.
- Essays about our language. AKK Serial. Almaty: KazNU Press, 2003, 287 P.
- 한인이민 역사, 서울, 박영사, 2005, 460 P.
- History of Korean Immigration. 1945-2000. Vol.2, Part 1., Almaty: Daik Press, 2006, 428 P.
- History of Korean Immigration. 1945-2000. Vol.2, Part 2., Almaty: Daik Press, 2006, 394 P.
- In co-authorship with Lee Kwang-Gyu, E. Chang, S. Ryang, R. King at all. Diasupora toshite no Korian (Koreans as Diaspora). East Rock Institute. Tokyo. 2007, 578 p.
- History, Culture and Language of Koryo Saram.- Seoul Journal of Korean Studies, Vol. 6, 1993, р.125-153
- 카자흐스탄 한인의 사회와 문화의 발전.비교 문화 연구. -서울대학교 비교문화연구소. 제2호, 1995, 201-251
- Binationale Ehen der koreanischen Bevoelkerung in der Stadt Almaty, Kasachstan. - Korea Forum. (Osnabrueck) No.1, 1999, S. 39-41
- Kore Saram or Koreans of the Former Soviet Union in the Past and Present. – Amerasia Journal (USA). 2003-04. Vol. 29, Number 03, pp. 14–19
- Population and Peoples of Kazakhstan today. – International Journal of Central Asian Studies. Seoul, 2003, Volume 8, p. 230-240
- Korean Diaspora in Kazakhstan: Question of Topical Problems for Minorities in Post-Soviet Space. – Newsletter of the Japanese Institute of Area Studies. Osaka, 2003, No. 89, c. 63-74
- Koryo Saram in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Russia. – World Diasporas Encyclopedia. Vol.2., Kluwer, 2004, pp. 985–993
- "The Northern Region of Korea as portrayed in Russian sources, 1860s-1913". (Co-authorship with Ross King, University of British Columbia. Proceedings of the conference. "The Northern Region, Identity and Culture in Korea". October 20 and 21, 2005, Harvard University, Center of Governmental and International Studies, Cambridge, MA, pp. 209–271