Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies
My primary research concerns Korean Buddhism in the late nineteenth to the present in the context of colonialism, imperialism, modernity, and globalization. My broader scholarship includes East Asian religions, Buddhist modernities, transnational Buddhism, sexuality, and Atheism. I am the author of Empire of the Dharma: Korean and Japanese Buddhism, 1877–1912 (Harvard University Asia Center, 2013), and have recently finished my second manuscript tentatively titled, The Transnationalism of Colonial Korean Buddhism (1910–1945), which is currently under review.
Professor Kim’s primary research concerns Korean Buddhism in the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries in the context of colonialism, imperialism, and modernity. His broader scholarship includes East Asian religions, Buddhist modernities, transnational Buddhism, monasticism, clerical marriage, rituals, and ethics.
Breaking Down the Walls of a Single Country Focus: awarded by University of British Columbia (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2019
Korea Foundation- Related Program and Activities awarded by Korea Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2017
Buddihist Contact Zones within and beyond Colonial Korea: Korean Buddihism awarded by National Humanities Center (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2015
Kim, H. "’The Mystery of the Century’: Lay Buddhist Monk Villages (Chaegasungch’on) Near Korea’s Northernmost Border, 1600s–1960s." Seoul Journal of Korean Studies (February 2014): 269-305.
Kim, H. "Social stigmas of buddhist monastics and the lack of lay buddhist leadership in colonial Korea (1910-1945)." Korea Journal 54.1 (January 1, 2014): 105-132.
Kim, H. "Seeking the colonizer's favors for a Buddhist vision: The Korean Buddhist nationalist Paek Yongsǒng's (1864-1940) Imje Sǒn movement and his relationship with the Japanese Colonizer Abe Mitsuie (1862-1936)." Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies 14.2 (January 1, 2014): 171-193.
Haedong, Y. "[Review of the book Shokuminchi Chosen to shukyo: Teikoku shi, kokka shinto, koyu shinko (Colonial Korea and religion: imperial history, state Shinto, and indigenous beliefs), by Isomae Jun'ichi, reviewed by Yun Haedong, translated by Hwansoo Kim]." Journal of Korean Religions 4 (October 2013): 203-4. (Review)
Kim, H. "A Buddhist Colonization?: The Sotoshu/Wonjong Alliance of 1910 (Pulgyo jok sigminjihwa?: 1910nyon ui Chodongjong/Wonjong yonhap)." Pulgyo hakpo 36 (2012): 9-33.
Kim, H. "A Buddhist Christmas: The Buddha’s Birthday Festival in Colonial Korea (1928–1945)." Journal of Korean Religions (October 2011): 47-82.
Kim, H. "‘The Future of Korean Buddhism Lies in My Hands’: Takeda Hanshi as a Soto Missionary." Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 37.1 (May 2010): 99-135.
Kim, H. "A Buddhist Colonization?: A New Perspective on the Attempted Alliance of 1910 Between the Japanese Sotoshu and the Korean Wonjong (Pulgyo jŏk sigminjihwa?: 1910nyŏn ŭi Chodongjong/Wŏnjong yŏnhap)." Religion Compass 4 (2010): 287-299.
Kim, H. ""The Future of Korean Buddhism Lies in My Hands" Takeda Hanshi as a Soto Missionary." JAPANESE JOURNAL OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES 37.1 (2010): 99-135.
Kim, H. "The Adventures of a Japanese Monk in Colonial Korea: Sōma Shōei’s Zen Training with Korean Masters." Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 36.1 (2009): 125-165.
Kim, H. "Review: Cho Eun-su. Korean Buddhist Nuns and Laywomen: Hidden Histories, Enduring Vitality. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2011." Journal of Asian Studies 71.3 (August 2012): 811-813. (Review) Full Text
Kim, H. "Review: Ama Michihiro. Immigrants to the Pure Land: The Modernization, Acculturation, and Globalization of Shin Buddhism, 1898-1941. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2011." Pacific Affairs: an international review of Asia and the Pacific 85.2 (June 2012): 381-383. (Review)
Kim, H. "Review: Kendall, Laurel. Shamans, Nostalgias, and the IMF: South Korean Popular Religion in Motion. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i University, 2009." Journal of Religion 91.4 (October 2011): 585-587. (Review) Full Text
Kim, H. "Review: Vermeersch, Sem. The Power of the Buddhas: The Politics of Buddhism during the Koryŏ Dynasty (918-1392). Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center, 2008." Journal of Korean Religion (March 2011). (Review)