About Kim

Kim Dramer has been cultivating her relationship with China for nearly four decades.  A specialist in Chinese archaeology, Kim is helping to lay the foundation for the future of Sino-American relations by mixing up China’s past and present.    

Kim’s love of Chinese culture and history brought her to Columbia University.  Here, she studied Chinese art and archaeology.  She received her Ph.D. in these subjects in 2002.  Kim has shared her love of Chinese culture with students at some of New York City’s top educational institutions.  She has taught Chinese art and archaeology at New York University, Cooper Union and Fordham University.  Kim has also curated exhibitions in New York cultural institutions.

Working with JesuitNET, Kim has also created a course specifically designed to help American professionals doing business in China.  The course, Chinese Culture for Marketing, offered at the Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University, integrated her knowledge of Chinese culture and with American marketing concepts.  This hybrid course combined online content with face-to-face lectures.  The result was a dynamic and interactive blended learning experience that she would like to develop further with her writing for the Huffington Post. 

Kim is interested in educating all segments of American society about China.  She has written many articles and books on China for children and young adults published by Scholastic Inc. and Marshall Cavendish Benchmark.  Kim has also written educational material on China for elementary, middle school and high school teachers.  She has served on the advisory board of arts organizations promoting Asian art.

Kim lives in New York City and lectures frequently on China.  Having struggled to learn Mandarin Chinese,  her advice to those studying the language:  “It is not necessary to speak Chinese in order to understand China.  Literacy in Chinese culture is, however, essential for all Americans in the twenty-first century.” 






Books, Video, and Consulting


The Chipewyan(1995), Chelsea House Publishers

Enchantment of the World—China(1999), Children’s Press, Grolier Publishing

The Mekong River(2001), Watts Library Grolier Publishing

The Yellow River (2001), Watts Library, Grolier Publishing

Enchantment of the World—China (revised) (2009), Children’s Press, Scholastic Inc.

Technology of the Ancients--China (2011), Marshall Cavendish Benchmark


Welikia, My Good Home, Interview with Dr. Eric Sanderson of the Wildlife Conservation Society for Eye on Fordham (and videographer)

Chinese Business Etiquette, Interview with Barrie-Louise Switzen for The Woman’s Connection






Made in China – Fine Art from the Middle Kingdom to Minnesota, Advisory Panel, Teacher’s Guide Produced by Twin Cities Public Television in association with The Minneapolis Institute of Fine Arts

Extraordinary Years:  Celebrating 60 Years of Book-of-the-Month Club, exhibition at the New York Public Library

The Quiet in the Land, Advisory Panel, France Morin, Curator



Teaching Experience


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“It is not necessary to speak Chinese in order to understand China.

Literacy in Chinese culture is, however,

essential for all Americans in the twenty-first century.”

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