Associate Professor
B.A. in Sociology, University of Tokyo
M.A. in Area Studies, University of Tokyo
Ph.D. in Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (2007-2013)
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University (2014-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:
・(with Ming-Chang Tsai). 2016. “Imagining America: The Origins of Japanese Public Opinion Toward the United States in the Cold War.” Pp. 117-139 in Social Commentary on State and Society in Modern Japan, edited by Yoneyuki Sugita. Springer.

・2016. “The Genesis, Structure and Transformation of the Contemporary Chinese Cinematic Field: Global Linkages and National Refractions.” Global Media and Communication Vol. 12(1): 85-108.

・2015. “The Paradox of Class Labeling in the Mao Era: Bio-Power, Racism, and the Question of Violence.” The Journal of Contemporary China Studies 4(1): 3-20.

・2014. “Chinese Film Spaces: The Social Locations and Media of Urban Independent Screen Consumption.” Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies 28(1): 52-64.

■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
 PhD: Development and Prospects of Creative Industries in Comtemporary 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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