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Young-Ha Kim

Korean Novelist & TED Talker

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Young-Ha Kim Biography

Born in 1968, Kim Young-ha kicked off his writing career with his first novel "I Have the Right to Destroy Myself," which won him the much-coveted Munhak-dongne prize in 1996. Since then, he has gained a reputation as the most talented and prolific Korean writer of his generation, publishing five novels and four collections of short stories.

Kim's novels and stories focus on articulating a new mode of sensitivity to life's thrills and horrors as experienced by Koreans in the ever-changing context of a modern, globalized culture. In his search for a literary style, as is often the case with internationally renowned post-modern novelists, Kim attempts to embark on exhilarating and provoking crossing of the boundaries of high and low genres of narratives. His historical novel "Black Flower" tells the story of the first generation of the Korean diaspora forced into slave labor in a Mexican plantation and later involved in a Pancho Villa-led military uprising in a style. Sources of inspiration for this novel came from classical "Bildungsroman," stories of sea trips as illustrated by the popular film Titanic, ethnography of religion, as well as Korean histories of exile and immigration.

Another instance of Kim's fabulously mixed style is found in "The Empire of Light," his fourth novel, in which he raises the question of human identity in a democratic and consumerist Korean society by presenting a North Korean spy and his family in Seoul in the manner of a crime fiction combined with a truncated family saga and naturalist depiction of everyday life. The novel was published in the United States under a different title, "Your Republic Is Calling You" in 2010.

Each of Kim's novels has received acclaims from both critics and readers alike, and most have earned him major awards. In 2004--his "grand slam" year--he won three of the most prestigious literary prizes in Korea. With some 20 of his novels and stories being translated into more than 10 languages, he has begun to be recognized by critics overseas as well as in his country as representative of a literary breakthrough that occurred in the wake of democratization and post-industrialization in South Korea.

As a young Korean master of storytelling, Kim is especially popular with Korean film directors, who have found in his works to be a repository of plots and characters that make for superb film-making. Two films have already been based on his fiction, and the cinematic adaptation of "The Empire of Light" is currently in progress. His latest novel, "The Quiz Show," was also made into a musical in 2009.

Kim previously worked as a professor in the Drama School at Korean National University of Arts and on a regular basis hosted a book-themed radio program. In autumn 2008, he resigned all his jobs to devote himself exclusively to writing.

Currently a visiting scholar at Columbia University in the City of New York, he lives in New York City, USA.

Videos
Books
I Hear Your Voice

I Hear Your Voice

Black Flower

Black Flower

Your Republic Is Calling You

Your Republic Is Calling You

I Have the Right to Destroy Myself (Harvest Original)

I Have the Right to Destroy Myself (Harvest Original)

Photo Shop Murder

Photo Shop Murder

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Young-Ha Kim Biography

Born in 1968, Kim Young-ha kicked off his writing career with his first novel "I Have the Right to Destroy Myself," which won him the much-coveted Munhak-dongne prize in 1996. Since then, he has gained a reputation as the most talented and prolific Korean writer of his generation, publishing five novels and four collections of short stories.

Kim's novels and stories focus on articulating a new mode of sensitivity to life's thrills and horrors as experienced by Koreans in the ever-changing context of a modern, globalized culture. In his search for a literary style, as is often the case with internationally renowned post-modern novelists, Kim attempts to embark on exhilarating and provoking crossing of the boundaries of high and low genres of narratives. His historical novel "Black Flower" tells the story of the first generation of the Korean diaspora forced into slave labor in a Mexican plantation and later involved in a Pancho Villa-led military uprising in a style. Sources of inspiration for this novel came from classical "Bildungsroman," stories of sea trips as illustrated by the popular film Titanic, ethnography of religion, as well as Korean histories of exile and immigration.

Another instance of Kim's fabulously mixed style is found in "The Empire of Light," his fourth novel, in which he raises the question of human identity in a democratic and consumerist Korean society by presenting a North Korean spy and his family in Seoul in the manner of a crime fiction combined with a truncated family saga and naturalist depiction of everyday life. The novel was published in the United States under a different title, "Your Republic Is Calling You" in 2010.

Each of Kim's novels has received acclaims from both critics and readers alike, and most have earned him major awards. In 2004--his "grand slam" year--he won three of the most prestigious literary prizes in Korea. With some 20 of his novels and stories being translated into more than 10 languages, he has begun to be recognized by critics overseas as well as in his country as representative of a literary breakthrough that occurred in the wake of democratization and post-industrialization in South Korea.

As a young Korean master of storytelling, Kim is especially popular with Korean film directors, who have found in his works to be a repository of plots and characters that make for superb film-making. Two films have already been based on his fiction, and the cinematic adaptation of "The Empire of Light" is currently in progress. His latest novel, "The Quiz Show," was also made into a musical in 2009.

Kim previously worked as a professor in the Drama School at Korean National University of Arts and on a regular basis hosted a book-themed radio program. In autumn 2008, he resigned all his jobs to devote himself exclusively to writing.

Currently a visiting scholar at Columbia University in the City of New York, he lives in New York City, USA.

Young-Ha Kim Videos

  • Let's End Wars! | Hakim Young | TEDxKabul
    In this talk Dr. Hakim Young shares his vision of a world without warfare and ethnic conflict, and how to make this dream a reality. Hakim Young ...
  • Young-ha Kim: Be an artist, right now!
    Why do we ever stop playing and creating? With charm and humor, celebrated Korean author Young-ha Kim invokes the world's greatest artists to urge...

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  • How to book Young-Ha Kim?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Young-Ha Kim for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Young-Ha Kim, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Young-Ha Kim or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Young-Ha Kim?

    Booking fees for Young-Ha Kim, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Young-Ha Kim, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Young-Ha Kim?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Young-Ha Kim for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Young-Ha Kim for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Young-Ha Kim or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Young-Ha Kim or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Young-Ha Kim is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Young-Ha Kim for your event is available upon request. Young-Ha Kim generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Peter Diamandis, Lesley Hazleton, Dave Logan, PhD, Josh Linkner and Seth Godin. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Young-Ha Kim for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Young-Ha Kim Speaker Videos

  • Let's End Wars! | Hakim Young | TEDxKabul
    In this talk Dr. Hakim Young shares his vision of a world without warfare and ethnic conflict, and how to make this dream a reality. Hakim Young ...
    Young-ha Kim: Be an artist, right now!
    Why do we ever stop playing and creating? With charm and humor, celebrated Korean author Young-ha Kim invokes the world's greatest artists to urge you to unleash your inner child -- the artist who...

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