AAS Member Spotlight: Heeho Kim

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Dr. Heeho Kim, Professor of Economic History at Kyungpook National University (Korea); Economic History in the 16-19th century of Korea, China and Japan

How long have you been a member of AAS?

I have been a member of AAS more than 10 years, and have been inteterested in Asian Economic History, particularly, focusing on Korea, China and Japan.

Why did you join AAS and why would you recommend AAS to your colleagues?

I joined AAS because AAS provides vast opportunity of getting information on Asian Studies, and Asian value and access to many publications associated with Asian studies. In addition, AAS provides lots of Asian Study events, travel grant opportunity and a chance to publish articles on Asian Studies. AAS may be an unique academic portal to get through into most fields of Asian Studies including Culture, Religions, People, History, Economics, Politics, Society.

How did you first become involved in Asian Studies?

I had happened to see an advertisement about AAS on the internet and its Journal magazine. One of my colleagues also recommended AAS to me.

What do you enjoy most or what have been your most rewarding experiences involving your work in Asian Studies?

I am enjoying the rich contents of AAS - the books and articles.

Tell us about your current or past research.

I am working on slavery and slave markets of Korea, the only Asian country which had the slavery system among Northeast Asian countries. In particular, my works are to analyze the behavior of the Korean slave prices and to examine whether Korean slaves were efficient from the time of the appearance of money in 1690 until the end of slavery system in the late 19th century. This work is a first attempt to present an empirical analysis on the efficiency of slaves in Korea, and for doing so, new data has been compiled. My work explores new evidence that the slave desertion and, thus, high monitoring costs holding slaves led to the inefficiency of slaves in the study period.

What advice or recommendation do you have for students interested in a career in Asian Studies?

I recommend students join the AAS and follow research topics and contents. The books and articles from AAS will trigger student's interest into various historical topics associated with Asian studies.

Outside of Asian Studies, tell us some interesting facts about yourself.

I have been painting in oil and water colors for 7 years. I enjoy travelling the world to see art which enlightens me to new insight in academic studies. I have carefully begun to motorcycle through the countryside. I have recently written and published my book related to international money and finance, with focus on the Asian financial crisis.

"I recommend students join the AAS and follow research topics and contents. The books and articles from AAS will trigger student's interest into various historical topics associated with Asian studies."

— Heeho Kim