Course syllabus


arts-logo.pngSEMESTER 1, 2019
Course Information

  • Course Coordinator 

Changzoo Song -

  • Teacher

Changzoo Song - 

  • Tutor

Lynne S. Park -

  • Course delivery format

2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of tutorial

(Timetable and room details can be viewed on Student Services Online)

Summary of Course Description              

ASIAN 204/302
15 Points

Asian Diasporas

Focuses on three major diasporic groups in Asia: Korean, Chinese and Japanese. Comparisons will be made among the three diasporic groups of overseas Koreans, Chinese and Japanese in their migration patterns, modes of adaptation, and transnational lifestyles.

Course outcomes

By the end of the semester, we expect that students would understand the following well: theoretical understandings of international migrations and diasporas; history, sociology, economy, politics and culture of major Asian diasporic groups today; the cultural, social, and economic life of diasporas in given host societies; global diasporic networks and their connections with ethnic homelands; recent trends in international migrations; and the sending societies’ perceptions and policies toward their co-ethnics overseas.   

Since this course is offered as a ‘concurrent’ course for both Stage 2 (Asian 204) and Stage 3 (Asian 302), there are different levels of expectation for respective cohorts of students. While the content of course work will be the same between the two groups, there will be some differences in the amount of readings, coursework and assessments.   

Weekly Topics

Week 1

Overview of the Course Schedule and Syllabus

Week 2

Asian diasporas: an overview

Week 3

International Migration Trends, International migrations in Asia-Pacific

Week 4

Theoretical Understanding on International Migration: causes and continuation of migration? 

Week 5

Korean Diasporas (Part 1): History, Push and Pull Factors, Diasporic Engagement Policy

Week 6 Korean Diasporas (Part 2): Identity Questions
Week 7 Overseas Chinese (Part 1): Southeast Asia
Week 8 Overseas Chinese (Part 2): Chinese Americans, Racism, Imperialism, Identity and Ethnic Homeland
Week 9 Japanese Diaspora (1): History, Japanese Brazilians & Diasporas and the Nation-States
Week 10 Japan (2): Japanese Americans, Generational Differences and Identity  
Week 11

International Student Migrations

Week 12 Rethinking Asian Diasporas & ERM

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The University of Auckland's expectation on 15-point courses is that students spend 10 hours per week on the course. Students manage their academic workload and other commitments accordingly. Students attend two hours of lectures each week and participate in a one-hour tutorial from week 2 of the semester. This leaves seven hours per week outside the classroom to prepare for tutorials and assignments.

Deadlines and submission of coursework:

Deadlines for coursework are non-negotiable. In extreme circumstances, such as illness, you may seek an extension but you will be required to provide a doctor's certificate before the assignment is due. All late assignments without a pre-approved extension will be penalised one mark per day late.

Final Grade Component & Schedule



Date Due


Review Essay (both for 204 and 302 students)


Week 5 (Thursday 4th April 4pm)

*Turnitin submission by the same day and time: Thursday 4th April 4pm


Presentation (both for 204 and 302 students)


Weeks 5-12  (those who choose Weeks 5 and 6 will be given mark incentives up to 20% and 10% respectively)


Active Participation




Research Essay (3,000 words for Asian 204 & 4,000 words for 302 students


Week 12 (June 6 Thursday 4pm)

*Turnitin submission by the same day and time: June 6 Thursday 4pm



Well-being always comes first

We all go through tough times during the semester, or see our friends struggling. There is lots of help out there - for more information, look at this Canvas page, which has links to various support services in the University and the wider community.


Coursework Composition for Asian 204 & 302:  

Course summary:

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