Dr Changzoo Song

BA (Kookmin), MA (Hangkuk), PhD (Hawaii)


  • Senior Lecturer in Korean and Asian Studies

Research | Current

  • Nation-building, nationalism, and diasporic engagement policy of Korea 
  • Korean diasporic identity and diaspora-homeland relationship 
  • Nation-states and challenges of globalisation and transnationalism 

Dr Changzoo Song studied Political Science and Asian Studies at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. His research interests include the politico-cultural dimensions of nationalism, Korean diasporic communities in the global context. He has been working on the nationalism and globalisation in the context of migrations of Koreans, and he is particularly interested in the following topics: Korean migrations Transnational lifestyles and identity changes of Korean Chinese migrant workers in South Korea, Comparative ethnic return migrations of Korean Chinese and Soviet Koreans to South Korea, Political consciousness and political participation of Korean Chinese migrant workers in South Korea, and Korean/Asian diasporic communities.

Dr. Song’s current research projects include the following: (1) the relationship between homeland and Korean diasporic communities, particularly Korean Chinese and Soviet Koreans; (2) the dynamics of nationalism and multiculturalism in Korea; and (3) Comparing ethnic return migrations of Korean Chinese and Soviet Koreans. He has been publishing articles and book chapters these topics. The most recent one includes "Diasporic Return, Homeland, Hierarchy, and Identity: Experiences of Korean Diasporic Returnees in South Korea" (2016); Kimchi, Seaweed and Seasoned Carrot in the Soviet Culinary Culture: The Spread of Korean Food in the Soviet Union and Korean Diaspora" (2016); "Engaging the diaspora in an era of transnationalism: South Korea's effort to build a deterritorialised nation" (2014).

Teaching | Current

ASIAN 100 Images of Asia

ASIAN 204 Asian Diasporas

ASIAN 302 Asian Diasporas

KOREAN 120 Korean Society and Culture

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Song is currently supervising several PhD candidates including: Lynne Park, whose thesis deals with the notion of "trust" among Korean migrants in New Zealand; Sarah Lipura, who is working on the Korean international student migration to China, Philippines, and India; Jacob Cowan, whose doctoral thesis is about the internal resistance to the regime in North Korea. 


Academy of Korean Studies' CUPKS (Core University in Korean Studies) Grant (2017-2022)

Areas of expertise

My main research areas include nationalism, nation-building, and changes in nationalist ideology in Korea; Korean diaspora and identity transformations; Korea's diasporic engagement policy and de-territorialisation. I am also interested in language and nationalism issues.          

Committees/Professional groups/Services

CLL Academic Committee

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Song, C., & Tsunoda, T. (2016). Diasporic return, homeland, hierarchy, and identity: Experiences of Korean diasporic returnees in South Korea. ノモス (Nomosu), 39, 91-116.
  • Song, C. (2016). 한국의 재외동포 포용정책과 탈영토화: 초국가주의의 '도전'에 직면한 민족국가의 '응전' (Diasporic engagement policy and de-territorialisation of South Korea: a response of nation-state’s to the challenges of transnationalism). 국제 고려학 = International Journal of Korean Studies, 16, 495-519.
  • Song, C. (2016). Kimchi, seaweed, and seasoned carrot in the Soviet culinary culture: The spread of Korean food in the Soviet Union and Korean diaspora. Journal of Ethnic Foods, 3 (1), 78-84. 10.1016/j.jef.2016.01.007
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29772
  • Song, C. (2015). The Use of Nationalist Ideology in the Economic Development of South Korea: Implications for East Asian Development Model. In S. Hua, R. Hu (Eds.) East Asian Development Model: 21st Century Perspectives (pp. 21-43). New York: Routledge. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/25732
  • Song, C. (2014). Transcultural Business Practices of Korean Diaspora and Identity Politics: Korean Sushi Business and the Emergence of “Asian” Identity”. Studies of Koreans Abroad, 32 (3), 1-23. Related URL.
  • Song, C. (2014). Identity Politics and the Meaning of ‘Homeland’ among Korean Chinese Migrants in South Korea. Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural System and World Economic Development, 43 (4), 441-479.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26100
  • Song, C. (2014). Engaging the diaspora in an era of transnationalism: South Korea’s engagement with its diaspora can support the country’s development. IZA World of Labour (64), 1-10. 10.15185/izawol.64
  • Song, C. (2013). Ethnic Entrepreneurship of Korean New Zealanders: Restaurant Business as Self-Employment Practice. New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, 15 (2), 94-109. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26125

Contact details

Office hours

In the 1st Semester 2018: Mondays 1-2pm and Wednesdays 2-3pm

Primary office location

ARTS 2 - Bldg 207
Level 4, Room 426
New Zealand