What projects are you working on now?
I am working on a second revision for an article to be published in the International Journal of Heritage Studies in 2019 and a book project on my dissertation. In addition, I am really looking forward to writing an article on social media activism among indigenous minorities in Japan this coming spring.
Why did you choose EAS and NYU for your graduate work?
Most EAS departments focus solely on history and literature, leaving research on contemporary East Asian social worlds to disciplines like Anthropology and Sociology. I appreciate how EAS in NYU is not only interdisciplinary in the humanities, but has the range to cross over into the social sciences aspect of studies on East Asia. Pursuing graduate studies in NYU allow me to participate in the inter-university consortium, where I had the opportunities to attend classes in other universities within the greater New York area.
Looking back, what were some of your favorite things about studying at NYU and about the EAS?
The Global Research Initiatives provided me with invaluable workspace and funding during my dissertation write-up, and gave me the chance to encounter new colleagues at NYU Berlin and NYU Shanghai. I particularly liked the support and freedom that EAS gave to graduate students to conduct conferences, workshops, mock job-talks and movie nights.
What recommendations would you give a graduate student at NYU and one focusing in East Asian Studies?
Although being interdisciplinary gives one an edge in the job market, don't spread yourself too thin. EAS is a great place to explore the disciplines that critically links up disparate elements in your project early in your graduate career. Thereafter, focus on your choices and don't get distracted!
Interviewed August 2018