I completed my PhD in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University (SFU). My Master’s degree is also from SFU’s School of Communication in 2008 and I received my Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Keio University, Tokyo, in 2004. My areas of interest include cultural memory, transpacific culture, transnational migration, postcolonialism, feminist methodologies, and sensory ethnography.
Throughout my graduate studies, my research was concerned with the intersection of race, ethnicity and gender and how it shaped experiences of transnational migration, especially in the transpacific and inter-Asian contexts. I critically examined political processes through which different cultural forms mediated transnational migrants’ experiences and identities. At one level, my research examined how mainstream and popular media represented racialized migrants, and at another level, I also explored how migrants themselves expressed their diasporic identities and experiences through creative and everyday cultural practices.
My postdoctoral project is concerned with ways in which contemporary Japanese popular culture represents the history of Japanese women who engaged in sex work in British Columbia and the state of Washington in the early 20th century. I am particularly interested in studying Japanese women’s non-fiction writings on this history.