Department of Ethnic Studies - College of Letters and Science - University of California, Berkeley

People / Graduate Students

Student

Kira Donnell


Korean adoption studies, Asian American cultural studies, Korean film, critical mixed race/heritage studies


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Bio & Research Interests

My research focuses on Korean adoptees as individuals with agency and the development of an individual and collective Korean adoptee identity particularly as expressed through analysis of cultural productions. My dissertation research looks at the ways in which the United States and South Korea have appropriated the figure of the Korean orphan/adoptee in film and media to construct narratives of nationalism.  I trace the specter of Korean orphanhood from the Korean War to the present to understand how the trope of the orphan has haunted Korean and American culture and how it has evolved.


Advisor

Catherine Ceniza Choy, Jinsoo An (East Asian Languages and Cultures), Grace J. Yoo (SFSU Asian American Studies)
Elaine Kim


Courses Taught or Assisted

Asian American Studies 216: Introduction to Asian American Literature
San Francisco State University
Lecturer, Spring 2016

Asian American Studies 20A: Introduction to the History of Asians in the United States
University of California, Berkeley
Graduate Student Instructor for Dr. Michael Omi, Spring 2016

Asian American Studies 360: Koreans in the United States
San Francisco State University
Lecturer, Fall 2015

Asian American Studies 128AC: Muslims in America
University of California, Berkeley
Graduate Student Instructor for Dr. Hatem Bazian, Fall 2015

Asian American Studies 132AC: Islamophobia and Constructing Otherness
University of California, Berkeley
Graduate Student Instructor for Dr. Hatem Bazian, Spring 2015

Asian American Studies 128AC: Muslims in America
University of California, Berkeley
Graduate Student Instructor for Dr. Hatem Bazian, Fall 2014

Asian American Studies R1A: Reading and Composition
University of California, Berkeley
Graduate Student Instructor for Margaret Rhee, Fall 2013

Asian American Studies 380: Koreans in America
San Francisco State University
Graduate Instructional Aide for Dr. Grace J. Yoo, Spring 2010

Asian American Studies 550: Asian Americans of Mixed Heritages
San Francisco State University
Graduate Instructional Aide for Dr. Wei Ming Dariotis, Fall 2009

Asian American Studies 200: History of Asians in the United States
San Francisco State University
Graduate Instructional Aide for Dr. Wesley Ueunten, Spring 2009


Select publications

Donnell, Kira. "Arirang." Asian Americans in Michigan: Voices from the Midwest. Eds. Sook Wilkinson and Victor Jew. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2015.

Donnell, Kira. “Crossing the Borderlands: Adoptee Decolonization Through Cultural Production.” Proceedings of the Third International Symposium on Korean Adoption Studies.  Seoul: International Korean Adoptee Associations, 2013.

Lagman, Regina A, Grace J Yoo, Ellen G Levine, Kira A Donnell, Holly R Lim.  "'Leaving it to God' Religion and Spirituality among Filipina Immigrant Breast Cancer Survivors." Journal of Religion and Health.  (2012): 1-12.

Donnell, Kira. “Documenting the Undocumented: Poetry Written by Korean Adoptees.” Ed. Grace J. Yoo. Koreans in America: History, Identity, and Community. Preliminary Edition. San Diego:University Readers, Inc., 2011. 95-98.

Donnell, Kira. “Passings and Transgressions: The Korean Adoptee Experience.” Ed. Grace J. Yoo. Koreans in America: History, Identity, and Community. Preliminary Edition. San Diego: University Readers, Inc., 2011. 91-107.

Leong, Jonathan, Kira A. Donnell, and Emily Avila. “Lives Were Saved: The Asian American Donor Program.” Eds. Grace Yoo, Mai Nhung Le, and Alan Oda. Handbook of Asian American Health. New York: Springer Publishing, 2012.

Donnell, Kira. “Epistolary.” More Voices: A Collection of Works from Asian Adoptees. Ed. Susan Soonkeum Cox. St. Paul: Yeong & Yeong Book Company, 2011.

Donnell, Kira. “Unfinished.” More Voices: A Collection of Works from Asian Adoptees. Ed. Susan Soonkeum Cox. St. Paul: Yeong & Yeong Book Company, 2011.

Donnell, Kira. The Claiming of Identity, Agency, and Advocacy in Korean Adoptee Literature.  Thesis. San Francisco State University, 2010.

Donnell, Kira. “The Invisible Wall: A Study on the Separation of Korean Adoptees and Korean Americans in California.” Journal of Korean Adoption Studies. 1.1 (Summer 2009): 107-132.

Donnell, Kira. “Lines to My Mother.” Korean Quarterly. 7.4 (Summer 2004).

Donnell, Kira. “Divinations Through Korean Takeout.” Korean Quarterly. 7.4 (Summer 2004).

Donnell, Kira. “Mine.” Korean Quarterly. 7.4 (Summer 2004).