College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Kyoim Yun

Associate Professor
East Asian Languages & Cultures
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall, 2100
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045-7590
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Korean Studies, anthropology and folklore, ritual and festivals, tourism, heritage studies, regional and national identity issues, happiness studies, as well as modern and contemporary Korean history

Teaching Interests

  • Korean culture/history/anthropology
  • East Asian Popular Culture
  • Language

Research Interests

  • Korean anthropology/folklore/history
  • Ritual/festival
  • Tourism
  • Heritage studies
  • Regional/national identity issues
  • Performance studies
  • Popular Culture
  • Happiness
  • Ethnographic methodology and writing

Selected Publications

Yun, Kyoim. “The Economic Imperative of UNESCO Recognition: A South Korean Shamanic Ritual.” UNESCO on the Ground: Local Perspectives on Intangible Cultural Heritage Policy, Indiana University Press, 2015.

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Selected Presentations

Yun, K. (5/20/2017). Fire and Fury: The Cheju Rebellion of 1901. Colloquium at the Center for Korean Studies at the University of Washington. Seattle, Washington.
Yun, K. (3/9/2016). “Fire and Fury: The Cheju Rebellion of 1901”. The University of Washington Center for Korea Studies 2015-2016 Korea Colloquia Speaker Series. University of Washington, Seattle.
Yun, K. (12/4/2014 - 12/4/2014). The “Temple Stay” Boom in South Korea: Searching for Peace in Uncertain Times”. Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. Washington, DC

East Asia Events

During Spring 2022, there will be a mix of virtual and in-person events. Please check our events page & follow us on social media @KUEastAsia for updates. 


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