Min Sun Kim

Min-Sun Kim



George 331

(808) 956-8052



Born and raised in Korea, I’ve encountered significant cultural challenges during my academic journey in the United States. These experiences have ignited my passion for specializing in intercultural communication. Lately, I’ve been delving into the dynamics of human-machine interactions, particularly fascinated by the role of intelligent machines as the ultimate cultural outgroup.


  • PhD, Communication, Michigan State University, 1992
  • MA, Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park, 1987
  • BA, Journalism, Ewha Womans University, 1985


Intercultural Communication; Human-Machine Communication; Persuasion and Social Influence


My research revolves around intercultural communication, social influence, and human-machine communication. Noteworthy publications include “Non-Western Perspectives on Human Communication” (Sage, 2002) and “Changing Korea: Implications for Culture and Communication” (Peter Lang, 2008). I have a forthcoming book titled “Intelligent Machines as Racialized Other: Toward Authentic Encounters” (Peter Lang) and co-edited “Hanryu: Its Influence in Asia and Beyond” (Seoul National University Press, 2011). In the realm of editorial responsibilities, I have served as the Editor of Korean Studies at the Center for Korean Studies, UH Mānoa. Additionally, I served as the Chair of the Intercultural Communication Division at the International Communication Association, President of the Korean American Communication Association, and Fulbright Specialist Scholar in the Department of World Cultures at the University of Helsinki, Finland.