In Korea, however, she is Dr. Self-Esteem.
In 2008 Kim was the first scholar to introduce the concept of children’s self-esteem in her native country. Since then, she has written two best-selling Korean language books on self-esteem that address the topic from the perspective of the Korean culture: a handbook for parents entitled “The Secret of Children’s Self-Esteem,” and a handbook for teachers entitled “Self-Esteem in the Classroom.”
Kim spends 15-18 weeks out of the year in Asia, working with ministries of education, institutes of higher education, overseas international schools, and global NGOs providing consultations and keynote speeches.
Her reputation is no less widespread in the U.S., however, where she has lived since immigrating with her family when she was 8. In addition to teaching core counseling courses at Harvard on group dynamics and diversity and cross-cultural issues, she is a resident fellow in the Administrative Fellowship Program through the Office of the Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity and Equity.