Advising

Ph.D. Dissertation Direction

  • Alexandra Hambleton, “Consuming Pleasures: Women, Sexuality, and Postfeminism in Post-Growth Japan,” 2017.

Current Ph.D. Candidates

  • Adrienne Johnson
  • Miranda Larsen
  • Jia Yang
  • Jiaxi Hou
  • Frédéric Seraphine
  • Junxiao Leng
  • Tommaso Barbetta

Masters Thesis Direction

  • Michelle Ho, “Japan’s Gendered Morning Television: Housewives, Social Identity, and ‘Wide-Show’ Infotainment,” 2012.
  • Hui Chong Yong, “Fukushima on 24-Hour Television News: A Case Study of News as Narrative in Crisis Coverage,” 2012.
  • Cathleen Paras, “Informal Media Economy and Remediation: Fansubbing of Japanese Dramas in the Philippines,” 2013.
  • Kai Okudara, “Idol Chatter: A Cross-Platform Analysis of Celebrity Social Media Usage in Japan,” 2013.
  • Elitza Koeva, “A Different Space: A Globalising Architectural Firm in Contemporary China,” 2013.
  • Mizhelle Agcaoili, “Bickering Bitches: An Analysis of Representations of Japanese Femininity through Celebrity,” 2014.
  • Fengming Ni, “Rotten Girls in Love: Funü, Fantasy, and Female Sexuality in Contemporary China,” 2014.
  • Christopher St. Louis, “For Your Protection: State Surveillance and Narratives of Risk in Contemporary Japan,” 2014.
  • Mario Rico Florendo, “Hoops and Dreams: Analysis of Kuwentong Gilas Narratives and National Identity in the Philippines,” 2015.
  • Tiffany Lim, “All the Internet’s a Stage: Online Photo-Sharing as a Performance of Self-Esteem and Impression Management in the Filipino Cosplay Community,” 2015.
  • Emma Winthrow, “Behind the Camera, In Front of the World: YouTube Vlogs and Messages of Japan to the West,” 2016.
  • Xuguang Li, “The Next MOOC Through the Lens of Gamification: A Study of Chinese Users,” 2016.
  • Heqi Qiu, “Audience Reception of Micro-Celebrities on Weibo: Urban Users’ Following Behavior of Micro-Celebritites and Its Influences on Their Buying Decisions,” 2016.
  • Nicole Hasbum, “Social Media and the Tourist Experience,” 2017.
  • Siyan Zhao, “Making Sense of Japanese Violence: Chinese Audience’s Reading of TV News Reports of the Sagamihara Stabbings,” 2017.
  • Jiaxi Hou, “Chinese Participatory Culture on a Danmaku Website: Technology, Content, and Interactivity,” 2017.
  • Liron Afriat, “Fight Like a Girl: Cosplay in the Work-Life Balance of Japanese Female Cosplayers,” 2018.
  • Yue Yang, “From Phoenix to Dragon: Tsai Ing-wen’s Branded Femininity on Social Media,” 2019.
  • Chencheng Qian, “Fascination or Discrimination: The ‘Occidental’ Accent in Japanese TV Commercials,” 2019.
  • Harley Harrer, “Multicultural Future: An Ethnography of Gaijin Drag Queens in Tokyo,” 2020.
  • Liisi Tagel, “’‘What If I Will Be Single Forever?’: Discourses of Female Singleness in Japanese Women’s Magazines,” 2020.
  • Yechen Yu, “The Archive of Our Own: Between Platform and Infrastructure,” 2020.
  • Andrew Z Le, “Does the Party Ever Stop? Rethinking Regulation and Resistance of Tokyo Nightclubs,” 2020.
  • Chujun Zhao, “Only Fans Can Understand? Television in the Age of Social Media,” 2020.
  • Jiani Liu, “Conflict and Camaraderie in Women-Only Space: Investigating Japanese Joshikai,” 2020.
  • Sisi Gu, “The Contemporary “Happy Housewife Myth”: Japanese Housewife Ideal and Commercialized Domesticity on YouTube,” 2020.
  • Xueqin Lu, “Neoliberal Feminism and Consumerism in Contemporary China: A Discourse Analysis of the ‘Straight Male’ on the Chinese Internet,” 2021.
  • Sabah Merchant, “‘Do Your Best!’: Representations of Ganbaru in 21st-Century Sports Manga Franchises,” 2021.
  • Callum Sarracino, “The Omegaverse: Canine Zoomorphism in Homoerotic Media,” 2021.
  • Rongqiu Jin, “Socializing Through Music: Chinese Online Music Platforms in the Streaming Era,” 2021.

Service as Member of Ph.D. Dissertation Committee

  • Joachim Bergstrom (Advisor: Shunya Yoshimi), “Entering Transnational Memory: The Trajectories and Representations of the ‘Comfort Women’ in International Media Discourse, 1990-2000,” The University of Tokyo, 2011
  • Patrick W. Galbraith (Advisor: Shunya Yoshimi), “Becoming-Otaku: Men, Girls and Movement in Akihabara,” The University of Tokyo, 2011.
  • Yang Jeewon (Advisor: Toshiyuki Niwa),「映画における家族像の変遷:小津安二郎と山田洋次作品におけるプロジェクトとしての「家族」の可能性」(Filmic Transformations in the Image of the Family: The Project of the “Family” in the Films of Ozu Yasujirō and Yamada Yōji), The University of Tokyo, 2014.
  • Yunuen Mandujano Salazar (Advisor: Víctor Manuel Hernández Márquez), “Media Idols and National Representation: Strengthening the National Identity in Contemporary Japan,” Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, 2014.
  • Amanda Weiss, (Advisor: Shunya Yoshimi), “Producing the Nation: Memory, Race, and Gender in Chinese and Japanese War Films,” The University of Tokyo, 2015.
  • Igor Prusa, (Advisor: Shunya Yoshimi), “Scandal, Ritual, and Media in Postwar Japan,” The University of Tokyo, 2017.
  • Fei Chen (Advisor: Shunya Yoshimi), “Disassembling the Empire, Assembling the Nation-State: Imagining Locality, Nation, and State Among Chinese Students in Japan, 1896-1911,” The University of Tokyo, 2018.
  • Rujirat Vinitphol, (Advisor: Shin Mizukoshi), “Niconico Utaite: Research on Creative Culture in Japanese Social Media,” University of Tokyo, 2020.
  • Mengfei Pan, (Advisor: Shunya Yoshimi), “Locating and Localizing the Art Networks: A Sociological Examination of the Role of Place in Art Networks in Ueno, Tokyo in the Meiji Period,” The University of Tokyo, 2021.
  • Xiaochen Su, (Advisor: Shigeto Sonoda), “The Emergence of a Parallel Society: Measuring the Lack of Social Integration among Chinese Migrants in the Russian Far East, The University of Tokyo, 2021.