Sarah Jane Domingo Lipura

BA (cum laude), MA University of the Phil., Certificate Teaching Korean as a Foreign Lang Sogang University

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Sarah Domingo Lipura is a Doctoral Candidate in Asian Studies at the University of Auckland and a recipient of the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship. She received her BA degree in Political Science (cum laude) and her MA degree in Asian Studies (Presidential Scholar-Academic Merit) from the University of the Philippines. Formerly a junior faculty of Ateneo de Manila University, Sarah has pioneered the development and teaching of Korean Language and Korean Popular Culture courses to undergraduate students that led to the first Minor Program in Korean Studies among Philippine Higher Education Institutions. She was also the founding Director of the Korean Studies Program of Ateneo's School of Social Sciences and the Project Director of the Overseas Korean Studies Incubation Program supported by South Korea Ministry of Education through the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) from 2012-2015 ( 

Prior to joining the academia, Sarah has been involved in various initiatives that promote academic and cultural exchanges between Filipinos and Koreans and has likewise worked extensively with and for local and international women's NGOs, particularly through the global secretariat of DAWN -- a network of feminist scholars and economists from the Global South.

Research | Current

-Ainslie, Mary, Sarah Lipura and Joanne Lim. 2017. “Understanding the Potential of a Hallyu Backlash in Southeast Asia: A Case Study of Consumers in Thailand, Malaysia and Philippines.” Kritika Kultura, Vol. 28. [Thomson Reuters, Scopus, etc.] (Academy of Korean Studies Research Grant AKS-2015- R52)
-Lipura, Sarah & Gay Francisco. 2019. "The Kiwinoy Community: What We Know About Filipinos in New Zealand". Asia New Zealand Foundation Asia Media Centre.

-"Korean Student Mobility in Atypical Study Destinations: Precarity, Possibility, Potentiality" – 7th International Conference of NextGen Korean Studies Scholars (May | Michigan, USA)
-"The Tale of Two Mothers: Parental Imaginations and Aspirations Surrounding Korean Student Mobility in the ‘Periphery’ (Philippines)" – Asian Studies Association of Australasia 2018 Conference (July | Sydney, Australia)
-“The Lure of the Periphery: Korean Student Mobility in Fiji, India and the Philippine”  – University of Auckland-Todai University Graduate Seminar (March | Auckland, New Zealand)
-“Deconstructing the Han: Representations and Misrepresentations of Mixed Filipino-Korean Children in Punch and My Little Hero” – 6th Korean Screen Culture Conference, Universitat Hamburg (June | Hamburg, Germany)
-“Korean Student Returnees from the Philippines” – Korean Diaspora and the Arts, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (May | Jerusalem, Israel)

III. DOCTORAL THESIS (Work in Progress)
-Korean Student Mobility in Non-Traditional Study Destinations in the Asia(Indo)-Pacific

Teaching | Current

-PhD Mentor, Faculty of Arts (Sem 2 2018, Summer 2019)
-Graduate Teaching Assistant for the following Courses:
​*Asian 204/302 (Asian Diasporas | Dr. Song Changzoo), Sem 1: 2018 Feb-May, University of Auckland
*Korean 110 (Korean for Beginners | Dr. Yoon Inshil), Summer: 2018, 2019, University of Auckland 


[Recent Awards/Grants/Fellowships]

*Doctoral Research Grant-Faculty of Arts (2018)
*University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship (2017-2020)
*Best Paper Award (2016 Korean Studies Association of Australasia Post-Graduate and Early Career Researcher's Conference)
*Sogang Korean Language Education Center (2013 Teaching Korean as a Foreign Language Grant)
*Korea Foundation Fellowship (2006 Korean Language Fellowship in Yonsei University and Sogang University)


Areas of expertise

International Student Mobility and Education Migration in the Asia-Pacific (Korean Students); Korean Diaspora (Philippines); Korean Wave and Public Diplomacy (Philippines); Korean as a Foreign Language (English and Filipino Speakers)


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44 SYMONDS STREET - Bldg 434
Level 2, Room 201
New Zealand

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