Interview with Dr. Yoolim Kim
Soapbox: What is the most exciting aspect of your research?
Yoolim Kim: I think it is very exciting that we are turning our attention increasingly more to different types of writing systems (particularly of non-European languages) to better understand how such differences may affect the mental processes underpinning reading.
SB: What challenges do you encounter in science?
YK: Institutional systems that uphold and preserve arcane power structures and having to remind myself that my research and contributions are valuable and worthwhile in spite of such systems.
SB: What motivates you to give a talk in Soapbox Science?
YK: I think it is important that science remain as accessible as possible, and one way I think I can do my part is being a better communicator of the research I do and why I think it is important, which may not be readily apparent to everyone. Knowledge should be something that is shared by all, rather than just a few.
SB: Do you have a few words to inspire other women or young scientists?
YK: Nothing is ever as fixed or as permanent as is it may seem at first. Of course, some things are final, but I have found that more often than not, things are always changing and much more fleeting than I think, which is to say, there is always a way. It just takes a bit of patience and some creativity.
SB: In these quarantine days, what funny/interesting experiments, books, talks or podcasts can you recommend to our audience?
YK: I recommend Cathy Park Hong’s Minor Feelings: A Reckoning on Race and the Asian Condition, and the Asian Not Asian Podcast. The pandemic has coincided with a number of important social issues and current events, and both the book and the podcast have helped me to feel empowered and uplifted during these times.
You can connect with Yoolim on LinkedIn.