My research field is modern and contemporary Japanese literature, with a particular focus on issues of postcoloniality, language politics, genre, and cultural studies. My first monograph, Colonizing Language: Cultural Production and Language Politics in Modern Japan and Korea, was published by Columbia University Press in 2018. In the book, I investigate how linguistic nationalism and national identity intersect in the formation of modern literary canons through an examination of Japanese-language cultural production by Korean and Japanese writers from the 1930s through the 1950s, analyzing how key texts were produced, received, and circulated during the rise and fall of the Japanese empire. The research and writing of this project was funded through generous grants from the Northeast Asia Council of AAS, Peter Wall Institute at UBC, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and SSHRC (Insight Development Grant).

A related article, entitled “National Language, Imperialization, and the Gendered Aporia of Empire,” was published in positions: asia critique in 2016. Additional publications include contributions in The Funambulist, Proceedings of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies, The New Yorker, and Waseda RILAS Journal. I am also an active translator, and was a recipient of the William F. Sibley Memorial Translation Prize in 2011 for my translation of Kim Saryang’s “Pegasus” (Tenma).

My current research project investigates the discursive formation and theoretical limits of “repatriation literature” (hikiage bungaku) through an examination of fiction, essays, and memoirs on the subject of repatriation to Japan, by both Japanese and non-Japanese writers. This project is being funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant (2018–2023).

When I first moved to Vancouver, a friendly taxi driver pointed out that I have a persistent connection to the word “Columbia” – I was born and raised in the suburbs of the District of Columbia; I received my Ph.D. from Columbia University; and now I work in British Columbia. A strange connection, but also a very welcome one!

Winter 2018

ASIA316 Race and Ethnicity in Japanese Literature and Film Sections

Examines relations between majority and minority groups in Japanese society and changing definitions of "Japan" through literature and film from Japan.

Winter 2018

ASIA364D Modern Japanese Literature in Translation - MOD JAPN LIT TRN Sections

An introduction to the literature and cultural history of modern Japan, with readings drawn from various literary genres, from 1868 to the present.

Winter 2018

ASIA533A Topics in Modern Japanese Literature - TOP MOD JAPN LIT Sections

Winter 2018

JAPN453 Readings in Modern Japanese Literature Sections

An advanced course in the reading and analysis of literary texts in modern Japanese. Advanced conversation, translation into English and practice in the use of standard reference tools as preparation for advanced research in Japanese. Credit will be granted for only one of JAPN 453 or JAPN 408.

Winter 2018

ASIA570A Approaches to Asian Literature - APPR TO ASIA LIT Sections

Winter 2018

ASIA580A Directed Readings - DIRECTED READING Sections