Specialty: Modern Germany; Modern Japan; History of Medicine; History of Pharmaceuticals; German-Japanese Relations
Trained in both modern German and Japanese history at Harvard University (Ph.D. 2006), Hoi-eun Kim has engaged himself with the topic of German interaction with Asia in the second half of the nineteenth-century. His first book-length project, “Doctors of Empire,” questions the nature of the Japanese modern transformation by looking at the medical and cultural encounters between Germany and Japan during the Meiji period era (1868-1912). Kim further explored the Japanese and German connection in his recently completed project, “Inscribing Racial Boundaries: German Medical Anthropology and the Making of Races in Japan’s Colonial Empire.” Currently Kim is interested in the social and cultural history of pharmaceutical products of modern era from a global perspective, and his article on the Japanese anti-diarrhoeal pill (Seirogan) recently appeared in the journal, Medical History. Kim’s research has been supported by, to name a few, the Krupp Foundation, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).