Her research examines the global rise of gastro-national branding as a nation-building strategy to understand why nation-states use food to enhance their international reputation. She investigates the political process of promoting culinary practices through international heritage regimes and global media. Chi-Hoon has published on topics such as the inflight experience of national cuisines, the use of plastic food models as gastro-national tools, and the politics of kimchi as intangible cultural heritage.
Kim, C.-H. (2017). Let them eat Royal Court Cuisine! Heritage politics of defining global hansik. Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies, 17 (3), 4-14.
Kim, C.-H. (2016). Kimchi nation: Constructing kimjang as an intangible Korean heritage. In C. M. K. Lum & M. de Ferrière le Vayer (Eds.), Urban foodways and communication: Ethnographic studies in intangible cultural food heritage around the world (pp. 39-54). London, UK: Roman and Littlefield.
August, T., & Kim, C.-H. (2016). The turn to ‘bad Koreans’: Transforming televisual ethnicity. Television & New Media, 17 (4), 335-349.
Kim, C.-H. (2014). The power of fake food: Plastic food models as tastemakers in South Korea. M?C Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture, 17(1).
Kim, C.-H. (2014). Tasting the nation in the air: Branding the Korean nation through airline meals. In R. Bendix & M. Fenske (Eds.), Political meals (pp. 207-217). Berlin, Germany: LIT Verlag Publications.