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About the Project

The Korean Australian Project is a flagship research by a group of scholars and students based at the University of Melbourne on the history of Korean migration to Australia since the late 19th century until today. In this platform, we share our research, public seminars, news and latest publications on early and contemporary Koreans in Australia. Over the years, we aim to compile as many stories as possible and share our survey findings with the public to cover the rich and yet under-discovered connections between the people of Korea and Australia.

 

The project is funded by the Australian Research Council, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the South Korean Academy of Korean Studies.  

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News and Events

Logo Design Competition: Korean Australian Project

Calling all unimelb students who are passionate about art and design to design a logo for the Korean Australian Project website. Winner will receive a $300 cash prize.

2022 Korean Studies Seminar Series: Dr. Hyunmin Kim.

We are kicking off a new year of Korean Studies seminars with a closer look at the city of Hamhung, the Second-largest North Korean City, presented by guest speaker Dr. Hyunmin Kim. 10 March 5pm AEDT.

South Korea and Australia: 60 years of diplomatic history, 110 years of human stories

We have collected 940 responses for our first Korean Australian Survey and this is the very initial results.

2022 Korean Studies Seminar Series: Assoc. Prof Sojin Lim.

On 14 April our Seminar Series will feature Assoc. Prof Sojin Lim, University of Central Lancashire, presenting "North Korea, A Country Left Behind from International Development Assistance".

Latest Publications

South Korea and Australia: 60 years of diplomatic history, 110 years of human stories

2021 marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and South Korea. South Korea is Australia’s fourth largest trading partner and the two nations have a shared history as US-allies. We researched the little-known state of the South Korean-born population in Australia. Koreans have made a significant contribution to the Australian economy and society, bringing labour, capital, skills, culture, values and modern Korean history with them.

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