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The Melbourne Metropolitan Korean Studies Seminar Series

organised by Monash University Korean Studies


Date Seminar
18 May, 4 pm (online via Zoom)

Title: Promises of the fatherland: Escape to North Korea

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Between 1959 and the early 1980s, 93,000 people migrated from Japan to North Korea. They went seeking a better life in Kim Il-sung’s Korean People’s Republic; they went seeking a place to call home. But the promises of the Fatherland would prove hollow. Recently, some 300 men and women have escaped North Korea and returned to Japan. In this special talk, Dr. Markus Bell reveals why so many left Japan for North Korea, what happened to them in their new home, and what this hidden history can teach us about forced migration in the world today.


Dr. Markus Bell is an anthropologist specializing in refugees and labour migration, with over a decade of experience working with displaced people and migrant workers in the Asia Pacific region. He has taught at the Australian National University, University of Sheffield, and Goethe University, Frankfurt. He earned his PhD from ANU in 2016 and is currently a Research Fellow at La Trobe University, Melbourne. His new book, Outsiders, Memories of Migration to and from North Korea is available from Amazon. Tweets @mpsbell


Academy of Korean Studies Seminar @ Monash University



Local agency and national responses to globalisation: the South Korean case in comparative, transnational and diasporic perspective


Past years seminars



Monash Events on Korea

Upcoming events


Working with Korea: Employment experiences and opportunities in Korean Studies talk series

(Tuesday, May 10)

Working with Korea: Employment experiences and opportunities in Korean Studies talk series

Monash University Korean Studies Research Hub (MUKSRH) is hosting a two day talk series focussing on employment and further education opportunities available to current Korean studies students.

This talk series will feature a number of presenters currently working in areas related to Korea, and aims to provide guidance and inspiration to our Korean Studies students for your lives after graduation, with a particular focus on your upcoming careers. If you are interested in pursuing a career in a field related to Korea, this talk series will offer you a great opportunity to hear a diverse range of experiences and a place to have any questions you might have answered.

There will be two sessions for this event as follows:

Studying and Working in Korean Education

This talk will offer unique insight into opportunities available to Korean Studies students looking to either further their studies in Korea or Korea-related subjects or pursue a career within Korean education. This session will feature three presentations followed by a Q&A, introducing scholarships and further study opportunities available to Korean Studies students, discussing life as an academic in Korean Studies, and working in Korea as an English teacher.

Date: Tuesday, May 10

Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm

Location: Zoom / N502, Menzies Building, 20 Chancellors Walk, Monash University Clayton Campus

Presenters: Andy Jackson, Lucien Brown, Hyein Cho

Register here:

Note: Limited in-person places are available, participants wishing to attend in person must register.

Employment in Korean Studies 

This talk will cover the diverse experiences of high achieving individuals working across a wide range of Korea-related employment, offering attendees an idea of the kind of opportunities available to them within Korean-related employment after graduation. This session will feature four presentations followed by a Q&A, discussing finding and utilising internships and networks to kickstart your Korea, the experience of interning in a Korean company and working within the entertainment industry in Korea, and the experience of finding and working within a Korean company both in Korea and here in Australia.

Date: Wednesday, May 11

Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Location: Zoom

Presenters: Kate Kalinova, Blair Williams, Niha Sathasivam, Jennie Park

Kate Kalinova

Passionate about international affairs and sustainability, Kate is currently working as a researcher with a Korean NGO, Solutions for Our Climate (SFOC) in Seoul. Previously, she worked as a Project Manager at the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Korea and remains active in the Australia-Korea space. In addition to her role at SFOC, Kate serves as the Director and Korea Correspondent for Asia Options, an Honorary Reporter for, and Marketing Lead at ANZA Korea. She holds a Bachelor's of International Studies (with Honours) from the University of New South Wales in Sydney and a Master's Degree from the China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing. Her writing has been published in the East Asia Forum, Lowy Institute, and The Korea Times.

Blair Williams

Blair is a marketing and communications professional with 8 years' experience working in Seoul, South Korea. After graduating from the University of Queensland in 2013, Blair moved to Korea to pursue an internship at a digital marketing agency, before taking on a full time role in the industry. During his time working in the region, he covered numerous local and global campaigns for leading brands, including Calvin Klein, American Express, and Samsung Global. Blair has also worked in the Korean media and entertainment industry, participating in a number of television, radio, and speaking roles. He is now back in Australia continuing his work in the field.

Niha Sathasivam

Niha is an Monash Korean Studies alumni currently working for the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), a non-profit, governmental agency of the Republic of Korea committed to promoting international trade and investment. Niha maintains high proficiency in Korean and has successfully incorporated his Korean language ability into professional life.

Jennie Park

Jennie has extensive experience in the finance industry in Korea, working for major companies such as Lotte Duty Free. She spent several years working in Australia overseeing the financial aspects of Lotte Duty Free’s acquisition of an Australian company, before moving to Hong Kong where she now manages Human Resources and Finance teams at Hyundai Rotem.


Past events

Monash University Korea Week 2021, 19-23 April

Monday 19 April 2021

- Opening speech (pre-recorded) from Consul-General

- Korea Social Games
with Adam, E561 (Level 5 Menzies Building). 4:00 PM

Enjoy the Korean art of socializing!
Register here:
Monash Korea Week 2021 Korean Social Games - Google Forms

Tuesday 20 April 2021

- Korean Traditional box making (한지 공예) with Bae Wonae. E561 (Level 5 Menzies Building).. 4-7 PM (4:30 start)
Learn how to make beautifully crafted Korean boxes! Registration essential!
Register here:
Hanji Box Making Korea Week 2021 - Google Forms

- Learn Hangeul in an hour with Lucien. Via Zoom, 4:00-5 PM
Learn the Korean script in 60 minutes!
Register here:
Hangul in an Hour (Monash University Korea Week 2021) - Google Forms.

Wednesday 21 April 2021

Korean history and Cinema: Contrasting approaches
Talk : Assoc. Prof. Andrew David Jackson and Dr. Niall McMahon
Wednesday 21 April, 1:00~2:00 pm via Zoom


- Korean food- making with Bae Wonae Korean traditional dumplings (만두). JSC (Japanese Studies Centre) Main auditorium. 3-5pm (315pm start)
Learn the secrets to one of Korea’s most delicious foods! Registration essential!
Monash University Korea Week 2021 Mandu Making - Google Forms

- Meet and greet for all Monash Korean Studies students. JSC and main vestibule. 5:00pm
Come and meet your classmates and your teachers from Korean Studies!
No need to register, just show up.

Thursday 22 April 2021

- K-Beauty workshop with Jenny from 2:00 pm AEST (via Zoom)
Find out about all about beauty – the Korean way!
Register here:
K-Beauty Seminar Monash Korea Week 2021 - Google Forms

- Film Screening and discussion Shusenjo: Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue followed by Q&A with Miki Dezaki. 5-7:30 PM. VIA ZOOM.
Award winning film on a controversial topic. Meet the director! Registration essential!
Register here:
Monash University Korea Week 2021 Event 7 Movie Screening and Q&A with director - Google Forms

Friday 23 April 2021

- Korea Quiz with Adam 2:00 PM
Win prizes for your knowledge about Korea!
Sign up link:
Contact Adam Zulawnik for further details

Monsh University Korea Week 2021 Posters

For the latest updates about 2021 Korea Week check:

10-14 May 2021 Internships Week

We are pleased to invite you to our innaugral Korean Studies Internships Week talks. Don't miss this great opportunity to learn about Korean Studies internship opportunities!
Please register your interest HERE

Wednesday 12 May, 10-11 AM
Korean Studies and WIL - Talk with WIL, KSV, and interns (Anna and Yasmin)

In this session via ZOOM, the Korean Society of Victoria will talk about their experiences with two Monash Korean Studies interns they took on in 2020 via Monash WIL. The presentation will be followed by a talk from the two students (Anna and Yasmin), outlining how they found out about the opportunities, why they signed up, and their experience during the lockdowns of 2020. Finally, the session will be concluded with a talk by Rebecca Summers, Monash WIL, outlining the function of student internships opportunities at Monash, followed by a Q&A.

Karen Kim (Korean Society of Victoria)
Yasmin Gurleyen (intern at Korean Society of Victoria 2020)
Anna Giang (intern at Korean Society of Victoria 2020)
Rebecca Summers (Monash University WIL)

Thursday 13 May, 5:30-6:30 PM
Living in Korea/ Working in a Korean Environment Talk with Niha, Eva, Shona, and Jeongin

In this session via ZOOM, four current and ex Monash University Korean Studies students will talk about their experience working in Korean language environments and also about living in Korea. This is a great opportunity for Korean Studies and arts students to find out more about life and work in Korea.

Niha Sathasivam (Ex-Monash Korean Studies student, Trade Consultant KOTRA)
-Will talk about his experience working at KOTRA (Korean Trade Commission) Sydney
Shona Smith (Master of Translation and Interpretation - Korean to English)
Will be talking about her experience living and working as a translator in Korea and working for '피스브릿지 Peace bridge' NGO (
Eva Richards (Korean Studies Major)
-Will be talking about her life living, working and studying in South Chungcheong Province and in Seoul.
Jeongin Hur (Korean Studies/Masters in International Sustainable Tourism Management)
-will be talking about her experience working as a Korean Studies library intern
(Monash University Matheson Library Korean Studies Intern 2019)

Open to all Monash University students

Monash University Korean Studies
Research Session for Teaching and Technology 2021

Monash University Korean Studies invites educators for an afternoon of ZOOM presentations and discussion about online teaching and learning within Korean Studies. The event is open to all Korean language teachers or anyone with an interest in online pedagogy. The aim is to introduce new ideas and methods into our teaching of the Korean language and improve the online learning experience of students. This year’s presenters are Dr Nicola Fraschini (University of Western Australia), Dr Eun Seon Kim (Australia National University), and Dr Isaac Lee and Mr Ki Young Choi (University of Queensland). This event is made possible thanks to the Core University Program for Korean Studies through the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and Korean Studies Promotion Service of the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS-2017-OLU-2250002).

Please register HERE

Time: Wednesday May 26, 2021: 2:00-4:20 PM AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time)

2:00 - 2:20 Dr Nicola Fraschini (University of Western Australia)
‘How to use online blogs to teach the Korean heritage and non-heritage learner mixed class’
2:20 - 2:40 Questions and discussion
2:40 - 3:00 Dr Eun Seon Kim (Korea Institute, Australian National University, Convenor Korean Language)
‘Staying Home but Learn Together: Speaking Activities and Assessment Tasks for Remote Lower-Level Language Teaching’

3:00-3:20 Questions and discussion
3:20-4:00 Dr. Isaac Lee and Mr Ki Young Choi (School of Languages and Literatures, The University of Queensland)
‘How to teach Korean with digital learning tools and Preparing Teaching Materials for Korean Learners’
4:00 - 4:20 Questions and discussion

For any enquiries about the event, please contact Dr Adam Zulawnik:

Korean Studies HDR Group Events

Upcoming events

Date Events
1 September 2021

11am (AEST)
1pm (NZST)

Publish or Perish? Simple Survival Guidelines to Authoring and Reviewing Academic Articles / by Dr. Lonnie Edge (Managing Editor, North Korean Review)

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Dr Lonnie Edge, Assistant Professor at HUFS and Managing Editor of the North Korean Review and the Journal of Territorial and Maritime Studies, will deliver a webinar entitled 'Publish or Perish? Simple Survival Guidelines to Authoring and Reviewing Academic Articles'.
**Click here to check what time the seminar is being held in your time zone.

Alexander M. Hynd
PhD Candidate, International Relations
School of Social Sciences
Morven Brown Building
University of New South Wales
P: +61 (0)4 9291 3901
T: @AlexanderMHynd

6 October 2021
, 11am-12:15pm (AEST)

‘Working with your research supervisor: A supervisor and former student's perspective’ with Senior Lecturer Sung-young Kim (Macquarie Uni)

Please feel free to circulate this announcement with your HDR students or among your other academic groups. Recent graduates and postdoctoral fellows are also welcome to join us! 

Register your attendance at:

3 November 2021
, 11am-12:30pm (AEST)


Past events

Date Events
4 August 2021

8am (CET)
4pm (AEST)
6pm (NZST)

LET'S GO BACK TO WHY TO GET HOW by Dr Joohyun Justine Park (Goethe University Frankfurt am Main)

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Dr Joohyun Justine Park is a post-doctoral research fellow at Goethe University Frankfurt and is a member of the joint research project (‘Qualification’ in the migration process of skilled workers in Asia) funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany for four years.
Justine was awarded her PhD in Education at the University of Auckland. Her current research interests are 1) Asian skilled migrants’ agency and integration in Korea, 2) Korean migrants’ identity, success, and well-being, 3) non-Koreans’ motivation and expectation in learning Korean language/culture, and 4) Asians’ discrimination experience and well-being since the outbreak of COVID-19. Methodologically, her research interests also lie in the areas of cross-cultural research and mixed-method research.
In this session, Justine will share the lessons she has learned during her PhD. From her academic and personal experiences, she will talk about the importance of asking ‘why’ in order to find directions for ‘how’. She welcomes every students in Korean Studies who would like to be motivated and get an inspiration about their research project..

7 July 2021

11am (AEST)
1pm (NZST)

Developing an Effective Online Engagement Portfolio as an Academic: Some Brief Reflections by Dr Thomas Baudinette (Macquarie University)

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Thomas Baudinette is Lecturer in International Studies in the Department of Media, Communication, Creative Arts, Language and Literature, Macquarie University, Australia. A cultural anthropologist, his research focusses on Japanese queer media and its impacts on understandings of gender across East and Southeast Asia. His first book is Regimes of Desire: Young Gay Men, Media, and Masculinity in Tokyo (2021, University of Michigan Press). His current research investigates the transnational spread of “Boys Love” media fandom and celebrity, focussing on South Korea, Thailand, and the Philippines.

2 June 2021

11am (AEST)
9am (AWST)

Building research collaborations in competitive academia by Associate Professor Jo Elfving-Hwang (The University of Western Australia)

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Jo Elfving-Hwang (PhD, SFHEA) is an Associate Professor and Director of the Korea Research Centre at the University of Western Australia. Her research focuses on sociology of the body in South Korea, and specifically how different demographics engage with beauty/body work in Korea. Her recent publications include ‘Man Made Beautiful: The Social Role of Grooming and Body Work in Performing Middle-aged Corporate Masculinity in South Korea’ published in Men and Masculinities (2021) and ‘The Body, Cosmetic Surgery and the Discourse of Westernization of Korean Bodies’ in The Routledge Companion to Politics of Beauty (2021). Previous to her current appointment, Jo has worked at Sheffield University, Sheffield Hallam University and Leeds University in the UK, and also served as the Director of the Korean Studies program at Frankfurt University in Germany. Jo is also enthusiastic about making meaningful links between academia and the business community, and serves on the Board of the Australia-Korea Business Council of WA, and is the current Vice President of the Korean Studies Association of Australasia. In 2019 she was awarded a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in recognition for her achievements as an educator. With a new ATAR option in Korea in the horizon for 2023, in her free time she is involved in supporting the development of Korean secondary language education in Western Australia.

5 May 2021

11am (AEST)
1pm (NZST)

Starting a Postdoc in a Pandemic by Dr Niall McMahon (Monash University)

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Dr. Niall McMahon is a Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow operating outside of Monash University, Victoria. Niall is a dedicated scholar of South Korean cinema, with a specific focus on the historical film and war film genres. His PhD thesis, which he completed at Curtin University, Western Australia, entitled 'Cinematic han and the Historical Film: South Korean Cinema and the Representation of Korea's Geopolitical Conflict in the Twentieth Century' passed examination without requiring amendments and was also awarded a Letter of Commendation from Curtin University's Chancellor for an outstanding thesis. He has worked as a sessional academic at Curtin University for 4 years, teaching students film theory, such as film genres, history and style. Niall has also been the guest at numerous conferences, symposiums and film screenings in Perth, Sydney, Kobe and Tokyo to share his research and passion for South Korean cinema and the country's contentious history, both on screen and off. His favourite South Korean film is the 2002 crime/action comedy Public Enemy directed by Kang Woo-suk.

7 April 2021
, 11am-12:30pm (AEST)

Korean Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship 'How To' Session by Dr Adam Zulawnik (Monash) and Dr Stella Jang (Sydney)

Adam and Stella will join us to tell us about their post-PhD journeys. Please feel free to circulate this announcement with your HDR students or among your other academic groups.
Please register your attendance at:


3 March 2021
, 11am-12:15pm (AEDT)

‘Ask a Journal Editor’ with Dr Lucien Brown (Monash University)

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Korean Studies HDR students group aims to bring together Honours students, postgraduate students and PhD candidates for a monthly get-together for people who are working on research relating to Korea, regardless of disciplines or university affiliation.

This get-together is held on the first Wednesday of each month at 11 am (Melbourne/Sydney time). All HDR students and recent graduates from Australasia are welcome to join us on Zoom. We hope to see you there!

Korean Studies video ad series

Dr Adam Zulawnik has organised an innovative new series of video ads for Monash Korean Studies content units ATS2160, ATS3156, ATS3321, and ATS3805. Check them out now along with links to the relevant handbook entries!

Also open to cross-institutional students (fees apply)!

New Book

New forthcoming translated book 'Interviews with North Korean Defectors - from Kim Shin-jo to Thae Yong-ho' (Lim & Zulawnik)
The book was a translation project conducted as part of ATS3321 Korean Research Project. The students are acknowledged as translators within the book.


Korean Appreciation Student Association (KASA)

Join the Hallyu Wave and come celebrate all things Kpop (music, dance, dramas, food and more!). You don't have to be Korean, speak Korean or know anything Korean to join! We accept Kpop fans new and old that have an interest in Korean culture!

Got questions? Email us at


On Korea

The My Korea: Australian Stories project, to hear from Australians who have developed intercultural and language competencies that support them to work in and with Korea.
This project was supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Korea Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. [cited from the Asia Education Foundation website]

Have a look at Monash University Korean langauge graduate Scott Walker's video clip "Korea, meet our national champion".

The Asian Collections are located at the Sir Louis Matheson Library, Clayton, within the Special collections area of Level 1.

Current display

Indonesian dispay (2 Septermber- )

Recent Korea-related display

Korean language and linguistics (1 July 2019-1 September 2019 )

Korean identity in the "Asian Collections" display cabinet (1 July 2018-15 October 2018)