Dr. Min-Jung Kwak part of team awarded $1.1M to develop Korean Studies


The Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) has provided $1.1 million in funding for a project involving Saint Mary’s Dr. Min-Jung Kwak and colleagues at eight other universities in North America.

The project, Korea in the World, the World in Korean Studies, will support the establishment of the Korean Office for Research and Education (KORE) at York University, with the goal of developing Korean studies in Eastern Canada and globally.

KORE will direct five research cluster activities of 19 scholars in two American universities and six other Canadian universities, including York University, University of Toronto, Waterloo University, McGill University, the University of Saskatchewan, and Saint Mary’s University.

Dr. Min-Jung Kwak’s group aims to “define Korean-Canadian Studies, strengthen local networks, and promote internationally the Korean diaspora in Canada.”

Dr. Min-Jung Kwak is Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. She is an economic and social geographer with broad research interests in immigration and settlement studies. Focusing on Korean-Canadian experiences in major Canadian cities, she has conducted research in international education industry, immigrant entrepreneurship, and transnational migrant family experiences. More recently, her research focuses on accessibility and transnational dimension of immigrant healthcare services.

Dr. Kwak is involved in a number of the collective aspects of the project. Her own specific responsibilities include organizing a roundtable discussion on “Korean-Canadian Studies: Setting the Agenda” and co-leading a 2-year pilot study on education and migration.