The KSRH is an inter-disciplinary virtual hub for collaborative research on Korean Studies at the University of Melbourne.
About the Korea Hub
The Korean Studies Research Hub (a.k.a. Korea Hub) is an inter-disciplinary virtual hub for collaborative research and networks on Korea at the University of Melbourne. Established in December 2020 with generous funding from the Academy of Korean Studies, the Korea Hub is designed to promote local and international collaborations on contemporary Korean affairs and Australia-Korea relations. Our activities include undertaking team-based research projects, hosting high-profile speakers and visiting scholars, running seminar series and workshops, and fostering graduate research.
Acting as a central venue within the University for Korea-related engagement, the Korea Hub is dedicated to enhancing the public profile of world-class researchers in arts and social sciences, business, visual art and engineering at the University of Melbourne, pursuing innovative high-impact research and building international partnerships. The Korea Hub welcomes students, early career researchers and practitioners who work on Korea-related subjects through the following programmes:
- PhD supervision and career mentorship
- Scholarships for graduate research
- Korean Studies Seminar Series and Annual Graduate Workshops
- Regular K-film nights and K-Book Club
- Korean Collection at the University Library
The Korean Studies Research Hub (KSRH) acknowledges the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung Peoples of the Kulin Nation as the traditional owners of the unceded land on which the University stands, and pay respect to Elders past, present, and emerging.
Our researchers, working together across multiple Schools and Institutes at the University, have expertise in the areas of Korean migration to Australia, Korea-Australia relations, media and communication, business, urban planning, science, and culture.
The Korean Studies Research Hub (KSRH) supports multiple research projects on the following three themes: Korean migration to Australia: North Korea; and Australia-Korea Relations.
Current Projects: 2020-2023
The Korea Hub would like to acknowledge funding from the following institutions:
- Academy of Korean Studies under the South Korean Ministry of Education (Seed Grant 2020-2023, AKS-2019-INC-223000X and Lab Grant 2022-2025);
- Australian Research Council Discovery Project (2022-2024, DP220103223)
- Korea Foundation (Policy-Oriented Research Grant 2022-2023)
- Australia Korea Foundation under the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2021-2023, AKF2020117)
Global Korean Migration
The Korean Australian Project is the Korea Hub’s flagship research and a cross-faculty collaborative project, led by Dr Jay Song at the Asia Institute (AI) of the Faculty of Arts. Current members include Dr Wonsun Shin (School of Culture and Communication) and Dr Daejeong Choi (Melbourne Business School). The Project launched its first comprehensive survey of Korean Australians in 2021 to mark the 60th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Australia and South Korea. The Korean Australian Survey takes place every two years to understand motivations, routes and social networks of migration from Korea, as well as their media use, inter-generational communications and life satisfaction in Australia. The Project is funded by the Academy of Korean Studies and the Australia Korea Foundation.
The Project has received additional funding from the Australian Research Council in 2022 to carry out archival research on early Korean immigrants since the late 19th century. Ms Louise Spencer (PhD students, AI) and Ms Jun Kim (Honours student, AI) join the Project to pursue their independent research on early Korean Australians.
The team welcomes collaboration with museums, Korean resident associations, language schools, student associations, adoptee networks, working holiday makers and the like.
The Korea Hub's second main research theme is North Korea. Researchers discuss key conceptual and methodological issues in studying North Korea in collaboration with North Korea experts in South Korea and beyond. The team hosts regular workshops with graduate students and early career researchers in North Korean Studies in Asia, Europe and North America.
Dr Jay Song has won several Chancellery and Faculty research grants to run collective projects on ‘North Korea as a method’ and ‘everyday lives in North Korea’. Ms Jasmine Barrett (PhD student, AI) is undertaking independent research on disabilities in North Korea. The team welcomes post-doctoral fellowships, academic visitors and international collaboration on North Korean human rights, human security and migration.
The third main research theme of the Korea Hub is Australia-Korea relations. Australia and South Korea have had diplomatic relations since 1961. The two countries have many common interests in security and trades. Yet, people-to-people relations on migration, energy/environment, food/agriculture, and media/education have been relatively under-studied areas.
The Korea Hub has received further funding from the Korea Foundation to conduct policy-oriented research on people-centric bilateral relations: the Korea-Australia Relations Project, KARP. The team hosted Dr Jeffery Robertson from Yonsei University as Visiting Fellow in 2021-2022. Dr Peter Lee joined the team in 2022 to lead a series of policy roundtables in collaboration with various experts and practitioners on the ground in both countries. Mr Theo Mendez also joined the team in 2022 to conduct independent research on Australia Korea relations on clean energy. In 2022, the Australian Korean Business Council has recognised the Research Excellency of Korean Studies at the University of Melbourne. The Korea Hub welcomes applications for PhD research or externally funded fellowships on people-centric Australia-Korea relations.
In addition to other special events and publications, the Korean Studies Research Hub runs a regular Korean Studies seminar series during semester, inviting distinguished speakers on Korean affairs.
Korean Studies Seminar Series
Members of the Korean Studies Research Hub publish their work in a wide variety of world-class journals and with a broad range of publishers.
Zulawnik, A. (2022). Translating Controversial Texts in East Asian Contexts: A Methodology for the Translation of 'Controversy'. Routledge.
Zulawnik focuses on the broad concept of ‘controversy’ and issues pertaining to the translation of politically and historically controversial texts in East Asia.
The research methodology is exemplified through a case study in the form of the author’s translation of the best-selling Japanese graphic novel (manga) Manga Kenkanryū (Hate Hallyu: The Comic) by Sharin Yamano (2005), a work that has been problematised as an attack on South Korean culture and the Korean Wave. Issues analysed and discussed in the research include translation risk, ethics, a detailed methodology for the translation of so-called controversial texts exemplified through numerous thematically divided examples from the translation of the chosen Japanese text, as well as examples from a Korean language equivalent (Manhwa Hyeomillyu – Hate Japanese Wave), and definition and contextualisation of the concept of ‘controversy’. There has been limited research in the field of translation studies, which seeks to exemplify potential pragmatic approaches for the translation of politically-charged texts, particularly in multi-modal texts such as the graphic novel.
It is hoped that Zulawnik’s research will serve both as a valuable source when examining South Korea–Japan relations and a theoretical and methodological base for further research and the development of an online augmented translation space with devices specifically suited for the translation of multi-modal texts such as – but not limited to – graphic novels and visual encyclopaedias.
Journal Articles 2022
- Barrett, J. (2022, July 7). Fortress North Korea and the battle against COVID-19. Melbourne Asia Review No. 11.
- Glade, J. (2022). Decolonizing Literature: Bridging Political Divides in US-Occupied Southern Korea, 1945–1948. In H. Cho (Ed.), The Routledge Companion to Korean Literature. Routledge.
- Kim, H. M. (2022). International real estate investments: issues and research agendas. In P. Tiwari & J. T. Miao (Eds.), A Research Agenda for Real Estate (pp. 203-223). UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
- Kim, H. M., & Han, G. (forthcoming). Schools as ‘sacred enclaves’ or ‘community hubs’? South Korean experiences. In I. McShane (Ed.), Schools as Community Hubs. Springer.
- Lee, P. (2022). Rethinking Australia-Korea strategic cooperation: a middle power perspective. In Remy Davison and George Nikolaidis (eds.), Australia and Korea: Building a Secure and Prosperous Asia. Monash University Policy Brief.
- Mendez, T. (Forthcoming). Growing Green? South Korea’s Approach to the COVID-19 Economic Recovery. Melbourne Asia Review No. 11.
- Lwin, M.O., Sheldenkar, A., Lu, J., Schulz, P. J., Shin, W., Panchapakesan, C., Gupta, R. K., & Yang, Y. (2022). The evolution of public sentiments during the COVID-19 pandemic: Case comparisons of India, Singapore, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States. JMIR Infodemiology, 2(1). doi: http://doi.org/10.2196/31473.
- Olsen, J. E., Gahan, P., Adamovic, M., Choi, D., Harley, B., Healy, J., & Theilaker, M. (2022). When the minority rules: Leveraging difference while congruence for cultural minority senior leaders. Journal of International Management, 28, 10886,
- Robertson, J. (2022). Middle Powers and North Korea revisited. International Journal of Korean Unification Studies, 31(1) (forthcoming).
- Ryu, K.-M., & Kim, H. M. (2021). Rent-Seeking by Rent Concession: An Analysis of Rent-Free Periods in the Seoul Office Market. International Real Estate Review, 24(4), 633-658.
- Song, J. (2022). In the making of a New South Korean Nationalism. S/N Korean Humanities, 7(2), 14-48.
- Song, J. (2022). Civil and uncivil North Korean society in South Korea. In A. Spires & A. Ogawa (Eds.), Authoritarianism and Civil Society in Asia. London: Routledge.
- Song, J. (2022). Politics of Gender in South Korea, Korea Bulletin No.2, Korea Centre, East Asia Institute, National University of Singapore.
Kim, H. M., Sabri, S. and Kent, A. (eds.,). Smart Cities for Technological and Social Innovation (1st ed.). London; San Diego; Cambridge; Oxford: Academic Press, 2021
Smart Cities for Technological and Social Innovation establishes a key theoretical framework to understand the implementation and development of smart cities as innovation drivers, in terms of lasting impacts on productivity, livability and sustainability of specific initiatives. This framework is based on empirical analysis of 12 case studies, including pioneer projects from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and more. It explores how successful smart cities initiatives nurture both technological and social innovation using a combination of regulatory governance and private agency.
Journal articles 2021
- Kim, H. M. (forthcoming 2021). “Foreign Direct Investment, enclaves and liveability: A case study of Korean activities in Hanoi, Vietnam,” in International Development Planning Review
- Choi, J. and Kim, H. M. (2021). “State-of-the-art of Korean Smart Cities: A critical review of the Sejong Smart City Plan,” in H. M. Kim, S. Sabri and A. Kent (eds.,). Smart Cities for Technological and Social Innovation (1st ed.). London; San Diego; Cambridge; Oxford: Academic Press, pp. 51-72
- Gustafsson, R. (2021). “Korean Transnational Adoption to Australia: ‘Quiet’ Migrants, Diaspora, and ‘Hometactics’,” in Melbourne Asia Review 5
- Gustafsson, R. (2021). “Theorizing Korean Transracial Adoptee Experiences: Ambiguity, Substitutability, and Racial Embodiment,” in International Journal of Cultural Studies 24(2), pp. 309-324
- Han, B., Yang, M., and Gustafsson, R. (2021). “The Social Exclusion of Child-Rearing Unwed Mothers in South Korea,” in Liamputtong, P. (ed.,). Handbook of Social Exclusion. Cham, Switzerland: Springer
- Kim, H. M., Miao, J. and Phelps, N. (2021). “International Urban Development Leadership: Singapore, China and South Korea Compared,” in S. H. Park, H. B. Shin and H. S. Kang (eds.,). Exporting Urban Korea? Reconsidering the Korean Urban Development Experience (1st ed.), Oxon; New York: Routledge, pp. 131-146
- Song, J. (forthcoming 2021). “From North to South Korea: co-ethnic communications, identity transformation and unification,” in Oxford Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Communication
- Song, J. (forthcoming 2021). “In the making of a new South Korean nationalism,” in S/N Korean Humanities
- Song, J. (forthcoming 2021). “North Korea as a method,” in Journal of Korean Studies
- Lee, H. and Song, J. (2021). “State-society relations in a pandemic: an Asian Australian perspective,” in Melbourne Asia Review 5.
- Shin, W. and Song, J. (2021). “What our survey found about effective COVID-19 communications in Asian Australian communities,” in Melbourne Asia Review 5
Journal articles 2020
- Glade, J. (2020). “Fracturing Literary Boundaries: Connecting with the Korean Peninsula in Postwar Japan,” in Yang, Y. S. (ed.,). Routledge Handbook of Modern Korean Literature (1st ed.) Routledge, pp. 116-127
- Gustafsson, R. (2020). “Theorizing Korean Transracial Adoptee Experiences: Ambiguity, Substitutability, and Racial Embodiment,” in International Journal of Cultural Studies
- Kim, H. M. (2020). “International Real Estate Investment and Urban Development: An Analysis of Korean Activities in Hanoi, Vietnam,” in Land Use Policy 94, pp. 1-10
- Song, J. (2020). “Civil and uncivil society: North Korean balloon warriors in South Korea,” in Melbourne Asia Review 1
- Song, J. (2020). “The ‘Savage-Victim-Saviour’ Story Grammar of the North Korean Human Rights Industry,” in Asian Studies Review
- Song, J. and Habib, B. (2020). “The hidden variable: environmental migration from North Korea,” in The Pacific Review
W. Shin and M. Lwin Screen Obsessed: Parenting in the Digital Age. World Scientific, 2019.
Screen-obsessed: Parenting in the Digital Age is the first book solely focusing on parental supervision of children’s media use. This book distills important information regarding how parents can effectively guide their offspring living in the multimedia environment. This book discusses an extensive range of theories, issues, and subjects of parental mediation. Readers will discover how parental mediation works, new and traditional theoretical facets, and how this knowledge can be applied in various settings pertinent to the family.
Journal articles 2019
- Glade, J. (2019). “Caught between empire and occupation: censorship, deimperialization, and Koreans in postwar Japan,” in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 20(3), pp. 397-413
- Kim, H. M. and O’Connor, K. (2019). “Foreign Direct Investment Flows and Urban Dynamics in a Developing Country: A Case Study of Korean Activities in Suzhou, China,” in International Planning Studies 24(2), pp. 125-139
- Lee, E., Avgar, A., Park, W. and Choi, D. (2019). “The dual effects of task conflict on team creativity: Focusing on the role of team-focused transformational leadership,” International Journal of Conflict Management, 30(1), pp. 132-154.
- Song, J. and Bell, M. (2019). “North Korean secondary asylum in the UK,” in Migration Studies 7(2), pp. 160-179
- Song, J. and Denney, S. (2019). “Studying North Korea through North Korean migrants: lessons from the field,” in Critical Asian Studies 51(3), pp. 451-466
- Yi, C. and Glade, J. (2019). “The Politics of Passing in Zainichi Cultural Production,” in Azalea: Journal of Korean Literature and Culture, 12(1), pp. 235-256