Dr Mi Yung Park

PhD, Korean Linguistics, University of Hawaii; MA, Second Language Studies, University of Hawaii


Mi Yung Park is Senior 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 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, 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 from 2015 to 2017 and what factors influenced her identity construction. It aims to gain a better understanding of the relationship between heritage language development and identity.  

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 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.

Forthcoming publications

  • Challenges of maintaining the mother's language: Marriage-migrants and their mixed-heritage children in South Korea. Language and Education.
  • 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 and Spaces of Belonging. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

Teaching | Current

KOREAN 111 Korean for Beginners 2

KOREAN 201 Intermediate Korean 2

KOREAN 300 Advanced Korean 1

Postgraduate supervision

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

Committees/Professional groups/Services

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.

Contact details

Office hours

Semester 2, 2018

Monday 12 - 1 pm

Tuesday 12 - 1 pm


Primary office location

ARTS 2 - Bldg 207
Level 4, Room 432
New Zealand