Kim Choon-mie

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Kim Choon-mie
Born (1943-02-14) 14 February 1943 (age 75)
NationalitySouth Korean
Alma materKorea University
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Chunmi
McCune–ReischauerKim Ch'unmi

Kim Choon-mie (born 14 February 1943) is a South Korean academic and Japanologist, honored by the government of Japan for having "[c]ontributed to the introduction of Japanese literature and the promotion of Japanese language education."[1]


Kim graduated and received Ph.D in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature from Korea University in Seoul in 1984.[2]


  • 1984 – Professor of Japanese Literature, Korea University.[2]
  • 2005 – President of the Research Center of Japanese Studies, Korea University.[2]

She is a former President of the Korean Institution of Japanology.[1]

She is a translator of Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore.[2] According to her, Murakami opened doors for Japanese literature in postwar South Korea, especially with the 386 Generation who were born in the 1960s.[3]


Selected works[edit]

  • 1993 – 日本近代知識人の思想と実践 : 有島武郎の場合 (Nihon kindai chishikijin no shisō to jissen: Arishima Takeo no baai or The Thought and Practice of Modern Japanese Intellectuals : the Case of Arishima Takeo). Kyoto: Kokusai Nihon Bunka Kenkyū Sentā. OCLC 190622114
  • 2008 -- "Korea’s '386 Generation' that Identifies with a Sense of Loss: The Haruki Boom in Korea," in Wild Haruki Chase: Reading Murakami Around the World, Kokusai Kōryū Kikin., editor. Berkeley: Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 978-1-933-33066-2; OCLC 196315807