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

KOREAN 120 Korean Society and Culture

ASIAN 753 Transnational North-East Asia: Challenges and Possibilities

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)

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  • Song, C. (2020). "'Uh...well, we're Russians': Identity and resistance to ethnic hierarchy among Koryo Saram diasporic returnees in South Korea". In Y. Ahn (Ed.) Transnational mobility and identity in and out of Korea (pp. 131-145). Lanham, USA: Lexington Books. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/49745
  • Song, C. (2019). Joseonjok and Goryeo saram ethnic return migrants in South Korea: Hierarchy among co-ethnics and ethnonational identity. In T. Tsuda, C. Song (Eds.) Diasporic returns to the ethnic homeland: The Korean diaspora in comparative perspective (pp. 57-77). New York: Springer. 10.1007/978-3-319-90763-5_4
  • Song, C., & Tsuda, G. T. (2018). The causes of diasporic return: A comparative perspective. In T. Tsuda, C. Song (Eds.) Diasporic return to the ethnic homeland: The Korean diaspora in comparative perspective (pp. 17-34). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. 10.1007/978-3-319-90763-5_2
  • Tsuda, T., & Song, C. (2018). Diasporic returns to the ethnic homeland: The Korean diaspora in comparative perspective. 10.1007/978-3-319-90763-5
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45389
  • Song, C. (2017). Chinese migrant communities in South Korea: Old Huaqiao, Chaoxianzu and Xin Yimin. In M. Zhou (Ed.) Contemporary Chinese diasporas (pp. 127-145). Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan. 10.1007/978-981-10-5595-9_6
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/38831
  • Song, C. (2017). 90년대 이후 한국의 디아스포라 정책 (South Korea's diaspora policy in the post-1990s). 재외동포저널 (Global Korean Journal), 5, 157-184.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/39241
  • 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.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/39265
  • 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.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/39698

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