Dr Mi Yung Park
PhD, Korean Linguistics, University of Hawaii; MA, Second Language Studies, University of Hawaii
Mi Yung Park is a Lecturer in Korean at the University of Auckland. She received her PhD (2014) from the University of Hawaii and joined the University of Auckland in February 2014.
Research | Current
Teaching Korean as a second/foreign language
Language and identity
Heritage language education
I am interested in supervising postgraduate students with interests in language and identity, language ideology, heritage language education, and multilingualism. I use qualitative research methods combined with ethnographic and discourse analytic approaches in order to shed light on the relationship between language learning and identity in the context of migration. I am currently working on the following research projects funded by the University of Auckland and Academy of Korean Studies:
Heritage language learning and identity transformation of a mixed-heritage Korean New Zealander (2018-ongoing)
This longitudinal case study explores how a mixed-heritage Korean New Zealander transformed her identity while studying Korean in Auckland and Seoul and what factors influenced her identity construction. It aims to gain a better understanding of the relationship between heritage language development and identity in the case of a mixed-heritage university student.
Career aspirations and language practices: Southeast Asian migrant women in South Korea (2018-ongoing)
This study investigates how the career aspirations of marriage-migrant women in Korea shape their language practices. The aim of this study is to understand migrant women’s career-related challenges and the support they need in their professional development and second language learning.
Language use and identity construction among mixed-heritage children in South Korea (2017-2018)
This project explores whether and to what extent multi-ethnic children of Southeast Asian marriage-migrant mothers in rural Korea maintain and develop their heritage language. It particularly highlights conflicting language practices and ideologies among mothers and other family members regarding the children’s minority language development.
Language ideologies and practices among rural marriage-migrants in South Korea (2016-2017)
This research focuses on how the Southeast Asian marriage-migrant women construct their language ideologies and develop stances toward their local dialect and the standard dialect, as they interact with speakers of standard Korean.
- Heritage language maintenance: Focus on Southeast Asian marriage migrants and their children in Korea
- Gender ideologies and Korean language learning: Experiences of rural marriage-migrants in South Korea. In K. Horner and J. Dailey-O’Cain (Eds.), Multilingualism and (Im)mobilities: Language, Identity and Power. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.
Teaching | Current
KOREAN 111 Korean for Beginners 2
KOREAN 201 Intermediate Korean 2
KOREAN 300 Advanced Korean 1
Current doctoral student
Naning Wahyuni (2018 - ): Investigating the Development of Children’s Interest in English Language Learning (ELL) Through Free-Reading Time (Co-supervisor)
Academy of Korean Studies Research Grant 2017-2018 ($9,000): Language Use and Identity Construction of Mixed-Heritage Children in South Korea
Faculty Development Research Fund 2014-2016 ($24,000): Exploring Language Learning and Identity in the Context of Migration
CLL Research Committee
Study Abroad Adviser
Areas of expertise
- Teaching Korean as a Second/Foreign Language
- Language, identity, and migration
- Heritage language education
- Multilingualism and multiculturalism
- Discourse analysis
Organizing Committee, Sociolinguistics Symposium 22
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Park, M. Y. (2017). Gender, identity, and Korean language learning: A study of Southeast Asian marriage-migrants in South Korea. In Y.-I. Lee, S.-C. Shin (Eds.) Korean language as socio-educational resources: A refereed proceeding of the Australian Symposium on Korean language learning and teaching 2017 (pp. 145-155). Adelaide, Australia: University of South Austraila. Related URL.
- Park, M. Y. (2017). ‘I want to learn Seoul speech!’: Language ideologies and practices among rural marriage-migrants in South Korea. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism10.1080/13670050.2017.1351419
- Park, M. Y. (2017). Developing bilingualism in a largely monolingual society: Southeast Asian marriage migrants and multicultural families in South Korea. In Z. L. Rocha, F. Fozdar (Eds.) Mixed race in Asia: Past, present and future (pp. 67-81). New York: Routledge.
- Park, M. Y. (2017). Resisting linguistic and ethnic marginalization: voices of Southeast Asian marriage-migrant women in Korea. Language and Intercultural Communication, 17 (2), 118-134. 10.1080/14708477.2016.1165240
- Park, M. Y. (2016). Integrating rapport-building into language instruction: A study of Korean foreign language classes. Classroom Discourse, 7 (2), 109-130. 10.1080/19463014.2015.1116103
- Park, M. Y. (2014). A study of the Korean sentence-ender -(u)psita: Implementing activity transitions in the KFL classroom. Journal of Pragmatics, 68, 25-39. 10.1016/j.pragma.2014.04.008
- Park, M. Y. (2014). Teachers' use of speech styles in the Korean language classroom University of Hawai'i at Manoa. ProQuest. Related URL.
- Park, M. Y. (2014). The use of the -(su)pnita form in Korean language classroom discourse. Japanese/Korean Linguistics (pp. 217-230). University of Chicago Press: CSLI Publications.