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Moonsil Kim

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Ancient Chinese History


PhD 2014; Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellow
PhD UCSB 2014

Advisor: Anthony Barbieri-Low

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My research concentration is in ancient East Asian culture and society focusing on dietary condition, food distribution, relief policies, culinary culture, tomb food, feasting and beyond as it applies with the social status and political ideology of that time. My dissertation examines the accordance and discordance among ideologies, policies, and implementation by analyzing historical literature, legal texts and administrative records on food redistribution during the Qin and Han periods, when China began to create an imperial state. I am working with recently excavated Qin and Han wooden documents from Juyan, Dunhuang, Shuihudi, Zhangjiashan, Liye and Yinwan to support her research.

Dissertation Title

  • Food Redistribution during China’s Qin and Han Periods: Accordance and discordance among ideologies, policies, and implementation

Teaching Assistantships

  • Hist 80 (Winter 2010 / Summer 2010)
    East Asian Civilization
  • Hist 87 (Fall 2009/ Fall 2010)
    Japanese History through Art and Literature

Publications

Presentations & Exhibitions

  • “Salary and Rationing System during China’s Qin and Han Periods: Accordance and discordance among ideologies, policies, and implementation”
    Paper presented at the 22nd Annual Columbia Graduate Student Conference on East Asia, February 16th, 2013.
  • "Food Preparation and Feasting in Tombs and Shrines of Han China (202 BC - 220 AD): Ideology, Visual Representation, and Reality"
    Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, January, 2011
  • "Fine Dining in the Afterlife"
    Noble Tombs at Mawangdui: Art and Life in the Changsha Kingdom, China (3rd Century BCE - 1st Century CE), Santa Barbara Fine Art Museum, September 19 - December 13, 2009
  • “The Role of Relief Houses during the Tokugawa Period in Japan”
    Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, January, 2009
  • “The Role of Food Resources in the Qin and Han Laws”
    Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Atlanta, Georgia, April, 2008

Fellowships and Awards

  • Department Dissertation Fellowship
    University of California, Santa Barbara, Spring 2011/Fall 2012
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship
    University of California, Santa Barbara, 2008-09
  • Harold and Hester Schoen Endowed Fellowship
    University of California, Santa Barbara, 2007-08
  • Arts & Sciences Fellowship
    University of Pittsburgh, 2006-07
  • First Class Honors
    Korea University, 2000