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University of Hong Kong
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borderlands, ethnicity, frontiers, late imperial and modern China, language modernization and preservation, minority languages and cultures, nationalism, Northeast Asia
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About Me

I am a historian of late imperial and modern China at the University of Hong Kong. I am interested in how people develop sociocultural identities in relation to the political forces and elements of the physical environment that affect them. My research and teaching explore how China and Northeast Asia have evolved from the sixteenth century to the present as regions of profound diversity, constructive contact (and many conflicts) between groups, and where languages change, meld, and represent ideas in different ways over time.

Recent Publications

Kim, Loretta E. “The Way We Eat: Evolving Taxonomies of Non-Han Food Customs in Northeastern China,” In Borders in East and West: Comparative and Transnational Perspectives, eds. Stefan Berger and Nobuya Hashimoto. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, September 2022, 171–95. ISBN: 978-1-80073-623-8

Kim, Loretta E. “Malan’s Manjurica,” In Polyglot from the Far Side of the Moon: The Life and Works of Solomon Caesar Malan (18121894), ed. Lauren F. Pfister. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge, 2022, 151–74.

Kim, Loretta E. and Chengyi Zhou. The Russian Orthodox Community in Hong Kong: Religion, Ethnicity, and Intercultural Relations. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (imprint of Rowman and Littlefield), September 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. “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, January 2021, 323–50. ISBN: 978-3-11069-846-6. DOI: 10.1515/9783110698756


Kim, Loretta and Niccolò Pianciola. “Introduction: Watering the Land-Based Empires.” Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 62.4 (2019): 525–59.


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

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Asia, China, East Asia
Expertise by Chronology
Pre-17th century, 17th century, 18th century, 19th century, Early Modern, Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Environment, Food History, Indigenous Peoples, Local & Regional, Material Culture, Migration & Immigration, Military, Race