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Karen Ang Yunn Harn

Gender Issues, Edo Literature

Advisor: Dr Scot Hislop

Email: e0146534@u.nus.edu


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.


Gao Ming

Hygiene, Sanitation and Medicine in Manchuria

Advisor: Associate Professor Timothy Amos

Email: mgao@u.nus.edu


Gao Ming graduated from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, Korea and Nagoya University in Nagoya, Japan before joining the Ph.D. program at NUS. Prior to moving to Singapore, he has lived, studied and worked in China, Korea, and Japan for many years. Gao Ming's research interests include Empire-building of Japan, colonial studies of East Asia and Manchurian (Manchukuo) studies in particular STDs and infectious diseases. Apart from that, he trained as a barista while living in Korea. His hobbies other than reading and traveling include theatergoing, movies, visiting bookstores and coffee shop exploration.


Gao Yang

Comparative studies of Japanese and Western theatre

Advisor: Associate Professor Lim Beng Choo

Email: a0129205@u.nus.edu


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.


Ku Ka Leung

Disaster governance in Japan

Advisor: Associate Professor Timothy Amos

Email: E0009039@u.nus.edu


Ka Leung received his B.A. (Hons) from National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2009. After working as a reinsurance broker in Singapore for 5 years, he returned to NUS as a M.A. candidate in 2015. His current research interest is the history of disaster governance in Japan, focusing on how communities in Japan reconstruct themselves in the aftermath of large-scale disaster events.


Jeremy Lim Hon Lee

Fictional realities and characters in Slice-of-Life anime

Advisor: Associate Professor Deborah Shamoon

Email: jeremylhl@u.nus.edu


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: Associate Professor Lim Beng Choo

Email: eve.loh.kazuhara@u.nus.edu


Eve is a first year Phd student. Her research interests are in Japanese art history, transcultural influences and connected art histories from the Meiji period onwards. She is especially interested in comparative studies of modern Japanese and Indian art. 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.


Amethy Zihui Lu

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

Advisor: Associate Professor Lim Beng Choo

Email: E0008688@u.nus.edu


Amethy 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 2.5D theater.


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

Email: mctana@u.nus.edu


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.



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