Graduate Students

Karen Ang Yunn Harn

Gender Issues, Edo Literature

Advisor: Dr Scot Hislop


Karen received her B.A. (Hons) from the National University of Singapore in 2016. Prior to entering university, Karen worked as a public servant at a statutory board for almost 3 years. She has a wide range of interest in Japan, which includes literature, history, traditional performances, and popular culture. For her honors thesis, Karen worked on the examination of female ghost in early modern literature. Her current research interest is the study of gender in Edo literature, focusing on Ueda Akinari’s Ugetsu Monogatari.

Chan Hui Hsien

Ageing in Japan

Advisor: Associate Professor Thang Leng Leng


Hui Hsien is an M.A. student. She graduated from National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. She received two M.A. degrees by coursework, a M.A. in Advance Japanese Studies from the University of Sheffield in U.K. in 2006, and a M.A. of Education in English Language from Nanyang Technological University in 2016. Prior to coming back to NUS, she managed a language school in Nagoya and she has been teaching elderly Japanese in life-long learning centers since 1995. Her long engagement with elderly Japanese has motivated her to enter the field of ageing. Hui Hsien’s research interest is in ageing, focusing on ‘Shukatsu’, a social phenomenon about how elderly Japanese plan their old age and end-of-life activities. She enjoys wearing kimono, gardening and traveling.

Fransiska Widya Chandra

Traditional Japanese theatre, Digital Humanities approaches to study theatre, Traditional Japanese theatre in contemporary times

Advisor: Associate Professor Lim Beng Choo


Fransiska is an MA student who is mainly interested in learning more about traditional Japanese theatre, such as kabuki and noh, apart from other aspects of Japan. Before entering the programme, she worked briefly in an events management role, helping to organise a contemporary art fair. Her interest in traditional Japanese theatre intensified while she was on the student exchange programme in Japan, after having the opportunity to watch these traditional art forms live. This resulted in her writing her undergraduate thesis on Chikamatsu’s plays, specifically on the role of the villain in the construction of tragedies. For the MA programme however, she will move away from more conventional methods and undertake a digital humanities approach instead. When she is not at school, she enjoys going to various theatre performances and concerts, as well as travelling.

Rob Crawford

History of Japan, focusing on Kagoshima

Advisor: Associate Professor Timothy Amos


Rob Crawford is a part time MA candidate working on the transformation of Kagoshima prefecture during the Meiji Restoration. Rob has been living or working in Japan for most of his professional life, arriving in the country as an English teacher in 1995 and now traveling backwards and forwards between Singapore and Japan with his investment company. His first contact with Japan was with Kagoshima, his wife is from the prefecture and he and his family often spend their summers down in the Kagoshima countryside. He graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in History and the NUS MA course has been a chance for him to satisfy his long-term desire to get back into the subject and study more of the history of his favorite part of Japan.

Gao Ming

Empire-Building, and Colonial Studies of East Asia and Japanese Manchukuo

Advisor: Associate Professor Timothy Amos


Gao Ming is a Ph.D. candidate in modern history of Japan. His research interests concern empire-building, colonial studies of East Asia, and Japanese Manchukuo with a focus on the vice circuit. Prior to moving to Singapore, Ming has lived, studied and worked in China, Korea, and Japan for many years. His hobbies other than reading and traveling, include movies, visiting bookstores and cafe hopping. Apart from that, Ming also trained as a barista while living in Korea. He holds Bachelor and Master degrees from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Korea and Nagoya University in Japan.

Gao Yang

Comparative studies of Japanese and Western theatre

Advisor: Associate Professor Lim Beng Choo


Gao Yang is a PhD student working on the comparative studies of Japanese and Western theatre. He received his two M.A. degrees in theatre studies from Communication University of China (Beijing, China) in 2009 and Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan) in 2014. His research interests focus on the comparative study of Western theatre and Japanese traditional theatre such as Noh and puppet theatre, especially in terms of acting, performing and directing theories. His PhD thesis is on Japanese and Western theatrical communication at the turn of the 20th Century.

Satoshi Inuzuka

Historical transport geography, Sociology of media, and Nationalism

Advisor: Associate Professor Hendrik Meyer-Ohle


Satoshi Inuzuka is a PhD candidate at Department of Japanese Studies. Besides his background in Japanese Studies, he specializes in historical transport geography, sociology of media, and nationalism studies. Satoshi launched his research career in southern California, where he, through the study of master-planned suburbs, found the decentralized urban forms prescribing media use. After experiencing the largest postwar anti-Japanese demonstration in Beijing, China, he began exploring media’s role in shaping national identity and culture, which crystallized in his M.A. thesis, “Quantitative Analysis of Television’s Cultural Homogenization in Japan from 1960 to 2015.” Currently, Satoshi is preparing his doctoral dissertation, which aims to illustrate the transposition of shopping activities from local to national scale through analyses of the historical interplay between suburbanization, shopping location, and transportation. Before joining the department, he received his master’s degree from Sophia University, Japan, and bachelor’s degree from Soka University of America.

Jeremy Lim Hon Lee

Fictional realities and characters in Slice-of-Life anime

Advisor: Associate Professor Deborah Shamoon


Jeremy is an M.A. candidate who graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2015 with a B.A. (Hons) in Japanese Studies. A self-proclaimed otaku, he harbors a strong interest for Japanese popular culture and Japanese culture as a whole, receiving the NUS Student Achievement Award (Competitions) in 2014 for winning the Japanese Speech Contest organized by the Japanese Association of Singapore. Harnessing his passion and directing it towards his research, his thesis aims to uncover how realities and characters are constructed through alternate forms of narrative storytelling in Slice-of-Life anime and gain new insights into the dynamics of audience-fiction interaction.

Eve Loh Kazuhara

Japanese Art History, History of Nihonga (Japanese-style painting)

Advisor: Assistant Professor Nozomi Naoi


Eve is a Phd student working on her dissertation on Nihonga painter Tanaka Isson (1908-1977) who painted tropical landscapes of the Southern Island of Amami in Japan. Her research interests are in Japanese art history, transcultural influences and connected art histories from the Meiji period onwards. Prior to this, she worked at the National Gallery of Singapore as manager of content from 2010 - 2016. She was also a lecturer and tutor of Histories of Art and Museum Studies at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and Nanyang Technological University, respectively. Eve received her BA (Hons Class I) in Art History and Theory from the University of Sydney and her MA in Japanese Studies from NUS. She is passionate about Nihonga and has written entries for Routledge Encylopedia of Modernism (2016) for Nihonga, Japan Art Institute, Okakura Tenshin and several other Japanese artists.

Zihui Amethy Lu

Contemporary Japanese theater, post-war Japanese films, and Noh theater

Advisor: Associate Professor Lim Beng Choo


Zihui is a PhD candidate in contemporary Japanese theater. She received her B.A. in English Language and Literature from Soochow University (China), and her M.A. in Asia Pacific Studies from University of San Francisco. After her M.A. she worked one year as an editor for Encyclopedia Britannica before coming to NUS. Her M.A. thesis focused on Noh theater and its influences on post-war Japanese films. Building on that, she wants to examine the interactions among different genres of popular contemporary Japanese visual entertainments, and the mixed genre/transmedia discourse in contemporary Japanese theater, focusing especially on the manga/anime/video games adapted 2.5-Dimensional theater. Her PhD dissertation analyzes this newly emerged popular theater genre within the context of postmodern Japanese media culture. In this PhD research, she also challenges the perception of intemedial elements in stage presentation of popular performances. In addition, her research interest also covers aspects such as Japanese popular culture, contemporary Chinese theater, and Chinese popular culture.

Maria Thaemar Tana

International relations and her research interests include regional security, non-traditional security, and Japan-Southeast Asia relations

Advisor: Associate Professor Lim Beng Choo


Maria is a PhD candidate working on International Relations. Her dissertation focuses on Japan’s foreign policy on human security. Prior to joining NUS, she was a full-time lecturer at the International Studies Department in De La Salle University, Manila, where she also received her master’s degree in International Studies. Maria has successfully passed her QE and will be heading out to do her fieldwork in Japan in spring 2016.

Wong Miu Shan Shanell

Civil society and migrants, especially low-skilled migrant workers, in Japan

Advisor: Assistant Professor Konrad Kalicki


Shanell is an MA student. She received her B. A. (Hons) in Japanese Studies from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2016. Prior to joining NUS, she worked in a Japanese corporation in the travel industry for one year. Her research interests are the civil society and the migrants, especially on low-skilled migrant workers, in Japan. Her thesis focuses on the role of the civil society sector in the Technical Intern Training Program in Japan. She conducted fieldwork and worked as an intern in a migrant-related NGO in Tokyo for six months till December 2019. The various facilities and supports for students in NUS enriched her campus life. Besides fulfilling the modular requirements, she took Spanish classes for her personal interest. She loves music, travelling and visiting museums.

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