The KSRH is an inter-disciplinary virtual hub for collaborative research on Korean Studies at the University of Melbourne.
About the Research Hub
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.
The KSRH is an inter-disciplinary virtual hub for collaborative research on Korean Studies at the University of Melbourne. Established with generous funding from the Academy of Korean Studies, the KSRH is designed to promote local and international engagement with Korea-related topics. 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 KSRH is dedicated to enhancing the public profile of Korean studies in Melbourne, building research networks, and pursuing innovative, impactful partnerships and collaborations.
The KSRH is dedicated to fostering and supporting graduate research in Korean studies, through the following activities:
- Supervision and mentorship
- Providing bursaries for Korean Studies graduate research
- Hosting annual graduate workshops
- Running a Korean book club and K-film nights
- Expanding the Korean collection at the University Library
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.
KSRH receives generous funding from the Academy of Korean Studies under the South Korean Ministry of Education (Seed Grant 2020-2023, AKS-2019-INC-223000X and Lab Grant 2022-2025), the Australian Research Council Discovery Project (2022-2024, DP220103223), the Korea Foundation (Policy-Oriented Research Grant 2022-2023), and the Australia Korea Foundation under the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2021-2023, AKF2020117).
Korean migration to Australia
The Korean Australian Survey is KSRH’s flagship research and a cross-faculty collaborative project, led by Dr Jay Song at the Asia Institute of the Faculty of Arts. Its inaugural members include Dr Wonsun Shin (School of Culture and Communication), Dr Daejeong Choi (Melbourne Business School) and Dr Ryan Gustafsson (Asia Institute). The team launched its first comprehensive survey of 1,000 Korean Australians in 2021 to mark the 60th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Australia and South Korea.
The survey will take 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 team investigates various walks of lives of Korean immigrants in Australia and their contribution to Australian economy and society. KSRH welcomes collaboration with museums, Korean resident associations, language schools, student associations, adoptee networks, working holiday makers and the like.
KSRH’s second main research theme is on North Korea and the Korean peninsula as a whole. The Hub welcomes graduate researchers, academics, journalists and policy analysts who would like to collaborate on joint publications on North Korean human rights, human security and migration. Scholarships and fellowships are available for research students and academic visitors. Several Research Assistant positions are available.
The third main research theme of KSRH is on Australia-Korea relations. Australia and South Korea have had diplomatic relations since 1961. The two countries have many common interests in security and trades under the shifting international power dynamics in the region. Yet, the bilateral relations are largely contingent on their respective relations with China and the US. KSRH focuses on under-discovered areas of bilateral relations on education, technology, energy and health sectors, and holds a series of policy roundtables. KSRH is in collaboration with the Asialink, the Australia Korea Business Council and key partner universities in South Korea.
The hub hosts Associate Professor Jeffery Robertson from Yonsei University as the inaugural Visiting Fellow at the Asia Institute. A joint PhD degree programme between the University of Melbourne in Australia and Korea University in Korea is work-in-progress.
For more information, email Dr Jay Song, KSRH Director and Senior Lecturer in Korean Studies.
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
The Korean Studies Research Hub publishes a biennial newsletter outlining the Hub's recent activities, member publications, and stakeholder engagement. Newsletter issues can be downloaded below.
July 2022 (2.4MB)
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 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