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. As faculty member of Ateneo de Manila University, Sarah has pioneered the development and teaching of Korean Language (KFL) and Korean Popular Culture courses to undergraduate students of said university 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 with advocacies in and for the Global South.

Currently, Sarah is based in New Zealand, where she is completing a PhD in Asian Studies. As an Asian/Korean Studies scholar, she draws on interdisciplinary and critical perspectives to examine contemporary issues in Korean society within the context of broader Asia through a focus on education migration, student mobilities and international education. Passionate to bridge research and practice, Sarah actively engages with the Filipino and broader migrant communities in Aotearoa as consultant, researcher and volunteer.

Research | Current

I. JOURNAL ARTICLES (Web of Science | Scopus)

  • Javier, A., Rico, M.K.C., Lipura, S.J. & Quintana, O. (Forthcoming-2022). Sustaining Korean Studies: Challenges and prospects in Philippine Higher Education Institutions. 
  • Lipura, S.J. (Under Review). Korean educational mobilities in the Philippines. 
  • Lipura, S.J. (2021). Deconstructing the periphery: Korean degree-seeking students' 'everyday transformations' in and through India. In Phan L.H. & Fry, G. (Eds.). Special Issue: International Educational Mobilities and New Developments in Asia's Higher Education: Putting Transformations at the Centre of Inquiries: Research in Comparative and International Education, 16(3), 10.1177%2F17454999211038769
  • Lipura, S.J. (2021). Adding an international student's voice to the pandemic discourse - as thinkers not subjects!. Journal of International Students, 11(1), 10.32674/jis.v11i1.2564
  • Lipura, S.J. & Collins, F.L. (2020). Towards an integrative understanding of contemporary educational mobilities: a critical agenda for international student mobilities research. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 18(3), 343-359, 10.1080/14767724.2020.1711710 
  • Ainslie, M., Lipura, S. & Lim, J. (2017). Understanding the potential of a hallyu backlash in Southeast Asia: a case study of consumers in Thailand, Malaysia and Philippines. Kritika Kultura, 28, 10.13185/kk2017.02805 (Academy of Korean Studies Research Grant AKS-2015- R52)

    *Citations via Google Scholar


  • Lipura, S.J., Kim, M. & Baik, E. (Forthcoming). COVIDivides - International Student Experiences.


  • [INVITED] Panel on Educational Mobilities, (Policy) Actors, Transformations and Internationalisation of Higher Education in Asia – 12th International Convention of Asia Scholars (Aug 2021 | Zoom)
  • [ACCEPTED PAPER] Paper Presentation at the Postgraduate Eworkshop organised by University of Western Australia-Korea Research Centre (Feb 2021 | Zoom)
  • [INVITED] Imagining Lives in and Beyond the 'Fringes': Korean-degree Seeking Students in Asia and South Pacific – In and Out of South Korean University: New Inter-Asia Mobility in Higher Education Conference hosted by Asia Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Oct 2020 | Zoom)
  • [INVITED] “I Will Continue My Studies Here Even After COVID” : Visiblising International Students in the Fringes-Korean Case – Asian Migrations in COVID Times Series: International Student Mobilities hosted by the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (Sept 2020 | Zoom)
  • [INVITED] Mobilities in a State of Immobility: Reflections of an International Student in the Time of Pandemic –  Aotearoa Migration Research Network Seminar Series / repeated at the University of Auckland School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics Seminar Series (May 2020 | Auckland, New Zealand)
  • [ACCEPTED PAPER] Korean Student Mobility in Atypical Study Destinations: Precarity, Possibility, Potentiality – 7th International Conference of NextGen Korean Studies Scholars hosted by the University of Michigan (May 2019 | Michigan, USA)
  • [ACCEPTED PAPER] The Tale of Two Mothers: Parental Imaginations and Aspirations Surrounding Korean Student Mobility in the ‘Periphery’ (Philippines) – Asian Studies Association of Australasia 2018 Conference hosted by the University of Sydney (July 2018 | Sydney, Australia)
  • [INVITED] The Lure of the Periphery: Korean Student Mobility in Fiji, India and the Philippines  – University of Auckland-Todai University Graduate Seminar hosted by the School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics, University of Auckland (March 2018 | Auckland, New Zealand)
  • [ACCEPTED PAPER] Deconstructing the Han: Representations and Misrepresentations of Mixed Filipino-Korean Children in Punch and My Little Hero – 6th Korean Screen Culture Conference hosted by Asien-Afrika-Institut, Universitat Hamburg (June 2017 | Hamburg, Germany)
  • [ACCEPTED PAPER] Korean Student Returnees from the Philippines – Korean Diaspora and the Arts Conference hosted by the Louis Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (May 2017 | Jerusalem, Israel)


  • [2021] Co-Organiser, Workshop on Migrant and International Student Perspectives on COVID-19 in Aotearoa (with Dr. Grace Gassin for Te Papa National Museum Making Histories Project)
  • [2020] Lead Researcher, Migrant Experiences in the Time of COVID-19 (for Belong Aotearoa)


Teaching | Current

    • (Pioneer) PhD Mentor, Faculty of Arts (2018 Sem 2, 2019 Summer)
    • Asian Studies 140: New Zealand and Asia - 'Filipino Community in New Zealand: Contribution, Challenges and Critical Engagement' | 2019 Semester 2 | University of Auckland
    • Asian Studies 204/302: Asian Diasporas - 'International Student Mobility and Student Migrant Experiences in East Asia' | 2018 Semester 1 | University of Auckland 
    • Korean 110 (Korean for Beginners | 2019, 2018 Summer | University of Auckland)
    • Asian 204/302 (Asian Diasporas | 2018 Sem 1 | University of Auckland)



  • 2020 Seoul National University Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies Summer Workshop
  • 2019 University of Auckland U21 Doctoral Mobility Scholarship (Korea University)
  • 2018 Doctoral Research Fund-Faculty of Arts 
  • 2017-2021 University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship 
  • 2016 Best Paper Award (Korean Studies Association of Australasia Post-Graduate and Early Career Researcher's Conference)
  • 2013 Teaching Korean as a Foreign Language Grant (Sogang Korean Language Education Center) 
  • 2010 ASEAN-Korea Youth Frontier Forum (Philippine Representative [Invited])
  • 2007 Yonsei University Global Network (Philippine Representative [Invited])
  • 2006 Korea Foundation Fellowship (Yonsei University KLI and Sogang University KLEC)
  • Presidential Scholarship (MA Asian Studies, University of the Philippines)
  • Honors-cum laude (BA Political Science, University of the Philippines)

Areas of expertise

*Research Areas/Interests:

  • Korean Studies: Korean Education Migration and Mobilities in Non-Main English Study Destinations; Korean Migrant Communities; Korean Wave and Public Diplomacy (Philippines); Korean as a Foreign Language (English and Filipino Speakers)
  • Asian Studies: Inter-Asia Mobilities; Critical Internationalisation of Higher Education in Asia
  • Migration and Mobilities: Contemporary Educational Mobilities; Filipino and Korean Migrant Communities (Philippines, South Korea, New Zealand)

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Reviewed for the following journals:
    • Ethnicities
    • Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
    • Kritika Kultura
    • Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia
  • Evaluator for Global Korea Scholarship for Undergraduate Students from the Philippines (2011-2016)
  • Coordinated research by Korea Institute for Southeast Asian Studies on ‘Filipino Perception of Korea’/동남아한국학회 한국에 대한 필리핀의 인식에 대한 연구 (2009, Manila)


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

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