Chen Chen received her BSc in Microbiology from the University of Manitoba. She spent a year as an exchange student in Japan during her undergraduate studies, and became fascinated with East Asia as a research area. In addition to the MA program in East Asian Studies, she is also enrolled in the collaborative program in Asia-Pacific Studies. Her research interests include 20th century Chinese social and cultural history, specifically developments in Chinese opera in relation to the evolving political environment at the time. In her spare time, Chen enjoys reading, traveling, and having great food.
I also completed my undergraduate in the East Asian Studies offered by this university. I chose to return here because of the supportive faculty and staff; without their support, I could not have made it this far. My area of interest is on the representation of Koguryŏ (or goguryeo) found in contemporary dramas and other expressions of popular culture. When I am not reading about that, I am usually reading Confucian literature or listening to J-pop. My other hobbies include playing computer games and listening to comedy.
Jung, Yoo Kyung
Yoo Kyung Jung is an M.A. candidate in the department of East Asian Studies and in the Collaborative Master’s Program in Asia-Pacific Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Having been educated in four countries, she developed her interests in how transgenerational memories are influenced by nationalist historical education, and are used to shape individual national identities. She is also interested in foreign languages, travel, and mass media representations of social problems. Yoo Kyung received her Honours B.A. in East Asian Studies and Political Science from the University of Toronto in 2011.
Marc Lagace received his BA (Hons) in Religious Traditions from the University of Saskatchewan. His research focuses on contemporary mortuary practices in Hong Kong. In particular, he is interested in how the recent shift from ground burial to cremation and the storage of ashes in columbaria niches has impacted traditional beliefs and practices.
I received my B.A. in English Literature from the University of Regina in 2011. For the following year and half I taught English language and culture at a small, family-operated school in Okayama prefecture, Japan. It was an enriching experience that granted me a greater sense of Japanese daily life and culture, and re-affirmed my love of teaching. Now, with a refined sense of purpose and narrower research interests, I would like to resume study and complete an M.A. with the intention to teach in the future.
I am most interested in the modern construction of Japanese identity and its relationship to Nihonjinron; folklore and texts such as Tono Monogatari; nostalgia; (self-)Orientalism; ideas of place or furusato; and the accompanying questions of authenticity that arise from each. Other interests of mine include Japanese popular culture, video games & Game Studies, and Modernist Literature.
Tsering Yangzom is an M.A. student in East Asian Studies focusing on the politics of the People’s Republic of China and the autonomy option for minorities, one of the most defining challenges in contemporary China.In addition, she is also pursuing a Collaborative Master’s Degree in Asia-Pacific Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Tsering Yangzom holds B.A. in Political and Economy Development from Mount Holyoke College (2010). Following her B.A., she worked as a Program Officer for Tibet Project at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy ( IMTD) in Virginia, USA. In July, 2013 she received her M.A. in Public Policy, funded by the Open Society Foundations, from Central European University.
Songlin Yang is currently a MA student in EAS focusing on the traditional rural society in China during modern period, includes political structure, agriculture, public affair and cultural aspect. After receiving B.A in History and Business Administration from the Shandong University, he investigated several villages in Guangdong as well as Shandong to figure out the connections from upper government and grassroots organization through blood lineage and religion. Now he is focusing on such connections in the Chinese Cultural Revolution period using anthropological and quantized methods. To broader his research, he is also considering to put Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and other periods into comparison. Songlin has previously worked in Nanfang Daily to practice his skill in writing and angles for observation, he also spend a whole winter to figure out a better way to administrate museum by working in Guangzhou Museum of Modern History. His other interests include table tennis (second-class professional player in China), field work on areas with different races,cultures (like ghetto in Guangzhou) and enjoying various cuisines.