Social and Cultural Studies, Modernization of Non-Western Societies, Family Studies

Research Topic

My specialization includes two main research areas: pre-modern Asian history, as well as modern social, cultural, linguistic studies. By having established various international research hubs, I am currently conducting research studies in both fields. One refers to an international study of (pre-)modern China's relationship with her neighbouring countries, while another one pertains to the study of the social transformation of socialist and post-socialist societies (so-called transitional societies) such as China, Vietnam, as well as East-European countries.

Message for Applicants

In the midst of globalization, there is a growing need for knowledge on general social trends with a global perspective, as well as on the character of inter-cultural relations. In my classes, I aim to help the students develop an ability to be insightful about essential social and cultural trends both in Japan and in a global context so that they can easily orient themselves in our changing world. I put emphasis on interactive education, and I encourage the students to feel free to ask questions and tell about their opinions.

Advised Master’s Thesis (Last 5 years)

  • Tabunka kyosei and kokusaika through local practice: The role of international centers in Japan's internationalization
  • A Study on Patriarchy of Korean Minority in China - - Seen Through Female Chinese Korean Migrants in South Korea
  • Observation on Chinese Student Associations in Ritsumeikan University, Kansai University and Kansei Gakuin University: Influences on Chinese Student's Acculturation Process
  • Social Support among Poor Elderly People in an Indonesian Village