Graduate School of Asia-Pacific StudiesWaseda University



  • Position:Professor
  • Degree
    B.A. in Sociology, University of Tokyo
    M.A. in Area Studies, University of Tokyo
    Ph.D. in Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
  • Background
    Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (2007-2013)
    Associate Professor, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University (2014-2018)
    Professor, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University (2019-present)

Field of Specialization

Economic Sociology, Organizations, Culture, China, East Asia, Creative Industries in Asia

Research Theme

Economic-Sociological Analysis of the Contemporary Chinese Film Industry
Organizational-Sociological Analysis of Creative Industries in Asia
Historical Sociology of the Manchurian Motion Picture Corporation
Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Approach to Automated Driving
The Role of Civic Media in the Age of Risk Society

Major Works / Publications Awards

  • Nakajima, Seio. 2019. “Official Chinese Film Awards and Film Festivals: History, Configuration and Transnational Legitimation.” Journal of Chinese Cinemas. 13.3 (Winter 2019).
  • Nakajima, Seio. 2019. “The Sociability of Millennials in Cyberspace: A Comparative Analysis of Barrage Subtitling in Nico Nico Douga and Bilibili.” In China’s Youth Cultures and Collective Spaces: Creativity, Sociality, Identity and Resistance, edited by Vanessa Frangville and Gwennaël Gaffric. London: Routledge.
  • Nakajima, Seio. 2019. “The Next Generation Automobile Industry as a Creative Industry.” ERIA (Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia) Discussion Paper Series, No. 288.

Academic Societies / Service to Society

Academic Societies

American Sociological Association
Association for Asian Studies
Society for Cinema and Media Studies

Service to Society

“Present Conditions and Future Prospects of Contemporary Chinese Independent Films: Public Panel Discussion with Film Actor Wang Hongwei.” The Department of Arts Studies/Institute for Language and Culture, Meiji Gakuin University,  June 20, 2015 (Tokyo, Japan)
“Panel Discussion with Film Director Lu Chuan.” Hawai‘i International Film Festival. October 19, 2013 (Honolulu, HI).
“Panel Discussion with Film Director Jia Zhangke.” Hawai‘i International Film Festival. October 23, 2010 (Honolulu, HI).

Research Project

MA: Popular Culture in Asia  ※ Not available for April 2021 and September 2021 Admission
PhD: Development and Prospects of Creative Industries in Contemporary Asia

Research theme, outline of project research seminar, message to prospects

Popular Culture in Asia [Master’s Degree Program]

This project examines the historical background, current conditions, and future prospects of popular culture in Asia. In analyzing empirical topics, we put to work theories and methods in cultural sociology, as well as interdisciplinary perspectives of area studies, international relations, and cultural studies. Students can tackle a wide range of empirical research topics including (but not limited to): “The Globalizing Chinese Film Industry”; “‘Japanimation’ and the ‘Cool Japan’ Policy”; “Industrial Organization of K-Pop and TV Dramas in Contemporary South Korea”; “The Rise of Bollywood in the Global Film Markets.”

Development and Prospects of Creative Industries in Contemporary Asia [Doctoral Degree Program]

This project analyzes “creative industries” in Asia using theories and methods in economic sociology, organizational analysis, and cultural sociology. Students can pursue a wide range of themes including (but not limited to): country-based case studies such as “The Rise and Development of the Hip Hop Music Scene in Contemporary Urban China”; global and transnational studies such as “Commodity Chains of Apparel Industry in Asia.”

For both MA and Ph.D. projects, I hope that the seminars help students acquire necessary knowledge and skills to embark on theoretically-informed and methodologically-sound empirical research in diverse topic areas of interest. The projects aim at developing creative thinking essential in pursuing successful careers in academia, NGOs, government, think tanks, and nonprofit and for-profit corporations.

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