Graduate Students

Shweta Arora

Female identity in Meiji period

Advisor: Associate Professor Deborah Shamoon


Shweta is a PhD candidate working on Japanese Women novelists. Her dissertation focuses on Female Identity in Yosano Akiko’s novels. Prior to joining NUS, she was a Japanese language lecturer at Delhi University, India, where she also received her master’s degree in Japanese. She was also a research scholar at Osaka University, Japan under MEXT.

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 PhD 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.

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.

Kim Mi Jin

Postcolonial influences of Western culture in Japan

Advisor: Associate Professor Deborah Shamoon


Mi Jin is a MA student. Her thesis will focus on postcolonial influences of Western culture in Japan by looking at classical music in anime and manga. Before the MA programme, she did her undergraduate studies at NUS, majoring in Environmental Studies, where she did her Final Year Project on genetic diversity and diet of mosquitoes in Singapore, and minoring in Japanese Studies. She plays the piano and the viola in her free time.

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.

Tan Jia Min Sarah

Salaryman life, culture and identities in Japan's Taisho era

Advisor: Associate Professor Timothy Amos


Sarah is an MA student who graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Japanese Studies in 2018. Her thesis explored the topic of aging in Japan’s early Meiji period, looking into how various actors, including the state, media and the elderly individual, coped with greying during this time. After graduation, she worked at a Japanese corporation for a year before returning to NUS to further pursue her interest in studying Japanese history. Building upon a continued motivation to better understand Japan’s Meiji and Taisho eras, her MA thesis will focus on salaryman life, culture and identities in the latter period. Aside from this, Sarah is a fan of Japanese pop culture (particularly manga, anime and video games) and enjoys music and learning languages.

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