Yee Rem Kim finished her undergraduate degree at Yonsei's Underwood International College in Seoul, South Korea. She hopes to pursue her further education in the field of modern Korean history, specifically legacies of Japanese colonialism and its implications on post-liberation Korea, culminating into the Korean War. She hopes that her experience as the Korea Foundation Junior Scholar will sharpen her research interests for her future studies. Through her research on North Korea at the Wilson Center, Yee Rem wishes to bridge the history of the Korean Peninsula with its current situation to realistically imagine reunification of two Koreas today. Having grown up as a Korean in the post-Soviet Ukraine, she is fluent in Korean and Russian and would like to incorporate various sources in different languages into her research. Yee Rem is also very passionate about soccer, basketball, and dancing. She loves dogs, especially her little Chihuahua, Taco.

Project Summary

In light of recent dramatic shift in North Korea’s posture, Yee Rem Kim's research will study the meaning of “reunification” in modern context and how economic cooperation and integration can be a starting point of bringing a torn nation together. Her research will explore South Korea’s future role in the process of integration and transition. In the last seven decades, two Koreas have diverged in almost every aspect – politically, economically, and socially. It will be an arduous task to bring these two separate systems together. Through this research, Yee Rem would like to trace the evolving meaning of reunification as well as the divergent economic paths since the split of the nation in order find a common ground to start the process of reunification.