Master’s Students

Chen, Chen

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.

Choi, Shin Hyung

Shin Hyung Choi is an M.A. candidate in modern Korean history. His current research interests include the legacy of colonial nationalism, North Korea in the context of the Cold War, and the cultural history of reunification in both Koreas. He is also a part of the Collaborative Master’s Program in Asia-Pacific Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs. He holds a B.A. (Hons.) in history from Queen’s University (2012).

Gardiner-Heslin, Marlowe

Marlowe is a first year M.A. student studying modern Japanese literature in the department of East Asian Studies. After earning his B.A. in English and Philosophy at the University of Toronto in 2008, Marlowe traveled to Japan where he spent a year living and working in Tokyo. It was during this time that his focus shifted to Japanese literature, and he subsequently returned to study the Japanese language. His research interests include portrayals of isolation, alienation, and danger in contemporary urban literature.

Jung, Daniel

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 KyungYKJ

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.

Kutt, Timothy

Timothy Kutt received his Honours B.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of Toronto in 2012. His undergraduate research thesis was on the Development Spaces and Praxes of Death, Dying and Mourning in Hong Kong. His current research interests lie in the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Specifically, Tim is interested in researching the impact of foreigners during the Cultural Revolution and also the ties between the mainland and Hong Kong. Tim grew up in Hong Kong and some of his other interests include dogs, video games and Ultimate Frisbee.

Ma, Kara

I received my Honours B.A. in East Asian Studies, Criminology from the University of Toronto in 2012. I interned at the Royal Ontario Museum’s World Cultures Department, where I had the opportunity to examine ancient Chinese artefacts. I am currently an MA student focusing on ancient Chinese history. I am interested in the development of Chinese law. Specifically, I wish to study the origin of the first codified law, the Fajing (法经). Further, I would like to explore the cultural, sociological, economic, and political factors influencing the origin of the Fajing.

Park, Yeonkyeong

Yeonkyeong Park is an MA student focusing on contemporary Chinese cultural history. She is also currently pursuing a Collaborative Master’s Degree in Asia-Pacific Studies with Munk Centre for International Studies. Her research interest lies in gender issues and the everyday lives of women in China, especially those in rural areas during the past three decades of reform and opening up. Yeonkyeong received her BA in Chinese Cultural Studies from University of Incheon (2011) before crossing the street to become an MA student in the EAS department at the University of Toronto.

Richardson, Drew

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.

Yangzom, Tsering

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.

Yang, Songlin

YangSonglin 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.