Announcing the winners of 2020 Monash Academy of Korean Studies Prizes – Second Round

Please join us in congratulating the following students for winning the Monash Academy of Korean Studies Prizes in semester two, 2020. This prize was awarded to the students who achieved the highest mark in their final written assignments in five Korean Studies units. The students undertook various written tasks and research projects as part of their final assignments, including writing a letter, presenting a recipe, completing a research project on Korean popular culture and a translation project on North Korean defectors. Each winner will receive a prize of $1,500 and will have the award recorded on their academic transcripts.

  • ATS1172/2172 Korean Introductory 2: Sin Ting Cindy Tam
  • ATS2174 Korean Intermediate 2: Emma Chandler
  • ATS3156 Popular culture in North and South Korea, Hallyu and East Asian cultural flows: Lauren O’Loughlin
  • ATS3176 Korean Proficient 2: Yilu Geng
  • ATS3321 Korean Research Project: Jamie Lim-Young

Korean Studies Awards

Our prize winners said the following about the experience:

Sin Ting Cindy Tam, the winner of ATS 1172/2172 Korean Introductory 2 wrote about her life and future study plans to a friend from Korea in her written assessment.

‘…I always believe that learning new languages would give me a big advantage especially in this globalised world. I hope I could capitalise on my Korean knowledge someday.’

Emma Chandler, the winner of ATS2174 Korean Intermediate 2 introduced a recipe to a South Korean audience through her written assignment.

‘I really enjoyed being able to use the Korean that I learnt during the semester to write this assignment and I found it really fun because I was able to be much more creative with the content that in previous assignments.’

Emma plans to visit in South Korea on an exchange program next year, with the help of the prize. Emma plans to move to Korea after graduating to become an English teacher and is also considering pursuing a Masters in Korean Studies in the future.

Lauren O’Loughlin, the winner of ATS3156 Popular culture in North and South Korea, Hallyu and East Asian cultural flows wrote an essay on the explosive popularity of the South Korean webtoon phenomenon both within South Korea itself and globally, and discussed how webtoons can be utilised as an authentic medium for sharing important sociocultural ideas and values across transnational communities.

‘…As an avid webtoon reader and consumer of Korean culture in general, the assignment was not only enjoyable but also a valuable experience to take a step back from the position of a fan and tackle Korean popular culture from a more academic and analytical research perspective.’

Lauren plans to undertake an Honours year to research and further develop her understanding of Korean culture and society, subsequently plans to study a Masters of Interpreting and Translation, majoring in Korean translation.

Yilu Geng, the winner of ATS3176 Korean Proficient 2 wrote a presentation script on the topic of cultural differences in Korean. Yilu wrote about the difference in gift cultures between Australia and China.

‘…The task enables me to apply the learning throughout the whole semester, and enhance my Korean writing skill from the practices... I hope I could maintain the passion and motivation to explore more about Korean language and culture, making better use of the learning when I travel to Korea and make more Korean friends there.’

Jamie Lim-Young, the winner of ATS3321 Korean Research Project worked with other students on a documentary translation of Rim Il's <탈북영웅 33인 특별 인터뷰>, (Talbuk yeongung samsibsamin teukbyeol inteobyu), under the tentative title ‘Special Interviews with 33 North Korean Defector Heroes’. The book, published in 2019, explores the life experiences of 33 North Korean defector-residents through a series of interviews, as well as examines the issues surrounding and faced by North Korean defector-residents in South Korean society.

‘I thought the translation project was a fantastic experience whereby we could learn, research, and apply knowledge not only about translation approaches, but also about a less well-known aspect of Korean society. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to gain experience in translation and contribute to the project.’

Further prizes will also be awarded to Korean Studies students in 2021. More information will become available in semester one, 2021.

These prizes are supported by the Core University Program for Korean Studies through the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and Korean Studies Promotion Service of the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS-2017-OLU-2250002).