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1994 …2024

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My disciplinary training is sociological, but I greatly appreciate anthropological and historical insights in my teaching and research. Throughout my academic career, my research “subjects”/participants have been from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people; or the disadvantaged, such as immigrants, overseas trained professionals, and rural population. In my research into these populations, there have been 3 key sources of evidence for analysis. They are:

  • the study of participants' experiences;
  • how they represent themselves in, or how they are represented by, the media; and
  • how their life is enabled and restrained by socio-cultural/economic factors. This is reflected in my research publications where ethnic, local and national media representations are critical sources of empirical data.

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Joining Monash Communications & Media Studies in 2008, I have continued my sociological insights and extended to the study of Communications & Media. I have well embraced the very broad definition of Communication which regards human relations and interactions as the product of how humans (un)successfully communicate with each other. For example, how immigrants are well integrated is a matter of how the host society and immigrants are willing to or (un)successfully communicate with each other.

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My research impact and contributions beyond Communications & Media research, prior to and post 2008, is international and cumulative. I have been an invited panel speaker at national and international conferences.


Research interests

  • Intercultural communications,
  • Global communications,
  • Local agency and globalisation
  • Religious communication,
  • Ethnicities,
  • Health communication,
  • Communications and media,
  • Cotemporary Korean society.
  • My research pursuit is centred on intersections between individual members of society and diverse socio-economic institutions & structure in the fast changing society. In addition to six books, one co-authored book and one edited volume, I published seventy-six journal articles and book chapters.


Research Projects

I am currently leading an international project, Local Agency and National Responses to Globalisation: The South Korean Case in Comparative, Transnational and Diasporic Perspective, funded by The Academy of Korean Studies' Laboratory Program for Korean Studies.

Supervision interests

Potential doctoral candidates are welcome to get in touch with me through my email -

Monash teaching commitment

ATS2250 Communications and Cultures in the Global Era [Intercultural Communications]

ATS3760 Global Communications

APG5401 Global Media Industries

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Contemporary Korean Society
  • Religious Communication
  • Health Communication
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Grassroots Nationalism in Korea
  • Local Agency & Globalisation
  • The Korean Community in Australia

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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