Kim researches and teaches in the areas of race relations and community movements, both involving immigrants. Her work bears on policy-making that prevents, or deals with the aftermath of, race riots and race conflicts; addresses the specific types of racial discrimination against Latinos and Asian Americans; and addresses how to serve the undocumented immigrant population in our urban centers.
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Evaluates survey data on inter-group views among Los Angeles racial/ethnic communities, comparing current survey data with data from the 1990s recorded in the aftermath of the 1992 riots.
Compares in-depth interview data of middle-class Korean American and Mexican American college students who have realized a similar academic outcome (university enrollment) to ascertain what shapes the two groups' almost completely divergent definitions of success.
Examines the social locations and the views of Black Koreans in South Korea to gain intellectual traction on how they are treated by the nation-state and how they interpret and act in response.
References the author's experience working for Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential campaign where she found that the oft-invoked "Muslim" or "not-American" epithets in Texas revealed a citizenship-based racism usually reserved for Asian Americans and Latinos being used against a Black American.
Problematizes the forecast that Asian Americans are "whitening," arguing that Asian groups have been racially subordinated along lines of citizenship even if many of them have not been subordinated in the same way as blacks along color and socioeconomic lines.
Analyzes how America's post-World War II expansion into Asia introduced racial inequalities and ideologies that shaped future immigrants' understandings of both their own group and of the White-over-Black U.S. order.
Examines the class and race biases in recent immigration policies and their level of severity.