Professor Sonoda “worked with” 287 undergraduate/postgraduate students in his seminar during his 15 years’ service for Chuo University and 63 postgraduate students in his seminar during his 4 years’ service for Waseda University. During his 23 years’ service as a university professor, he became a member of Ph.D. thesis committee 23 times, excluding two occasions as an external examiner in Hong Kong. Up to now, three people obtained their Ph.D. degree under Prof. Sonoda’s supervision.

1) Dr. FANG, Minghao  方明豪 (2005 at Chuo University, now teaching at Dalian University of Technology as associate professor, China)

Dissertation Title:” An Analysis of Changing Identities of Korean Chinese: Through Interviews with Younger  Generation in Beijing City” (Japanese)

Speciality: Korean Migration, Media Studies

Dr. Fang

2)Dr. FROESE, Fabian, Jintae (2009 at Waseda University, now teaching at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen as chair professor, Germany)

Disssertation Title: “Convergence of Work Values in Tokyo, Seoul, and Shanghai?: Cross-country and Intergenerational Comparisions

Speciality: Human Resource Management,  Cross-cultural Management.

Dr. Froese

3) Dr. KISHI, Yasuyuki 岸保行 (2009 at Waseda University, now teaching at Niigata University as associate professor, Japan)

Dissertation Title: “Formation of ‘Cultural Competence’ in Japanese Manufacturing Companies in Taiwan: A Study of ‘Cultual Mediation’ by Long-service Local Employees” (Japanese)

Speciality: Human Resource Management, Comparative Sociology.

 Dr. Kishi

The following ten are the graduates of Prof. Sonoda’s Zemi at the University of Tokyo.

1) Ms.GONG, Xiaoyun  龔 暁雲 (2008-10, MA/ China)   Thesis Title:”Emerging Shangzai Online Video in China: An Analysis of Its Characteristics and Functions”

2) Ms. AMANO, Yuki  天野 友貴(2009-12, MA/ Japan)  Thesis Title:”Search for Storytelling in the Traditional Craft Industries: A Case Study of Mage-wappa Producer Kurikyu”

3) Ms. CHEN, Xuelu   陳 雪璐(2011-13, MA/ China)  Thesis Title “Contesting Shanghai Gay Space: Identity, Consumption, and Cosmopolitanism in Post-Reform China” (Best Thesis Award)

4) Mr. CHEN, Yi 陳 沂(2013-15, MA/ Canada) Thesis Title “Effects of Exposure to Globalization on Chinese Consumer Attitude towards Japanese Products”

5)Mr. Thomas GREGG Sono (2014-16, MA/ USA) Thesis Title “The Penumbral Space: The Paradox of Cross-Cultural Interpenetration in Japanese Firms”

6) Ms. CAI Xiaojun 蔡 小珺(2014-16, MA/ China)  Thesis Title “Time Versus Money: Household Bargaining and Upstream Intergenerational Transfers in China” (Best Thesis Award)

7) Ms. LU Yuxi 魯 昱熙(2014-16,  MA/ China) Thesis Title“Online Nationalism and Fandom: A Case Study of Anti-Taiwan Independence on Social Media”

8)  Ms. AN Qi 安 琪(2014-16, MA/ China) Thesis Title “1937-1941 The Propaganda of KMT towards the Mass People in the U.S. Via Time and Life Magazines”

9) Ms. LI Yanfei  李 燕飛 (2014-16, MA/ China) Thesis Title “Young Lady in Old Dress: Hanfu Consumption and Self-identity Building of Young Chinese Women”

10) Ms, CHUANG Ching 荘 静  (2015-17, MA/ Taiwan) Thesis Title “Fragmentation of Codes in Fujoshi on Twitter: A Research on Tweeting Patterns and Leaning Process of Fujoshi Online”

11) Ms. SHI, Yiwen  施  奕文(2015-2018, MA/ China) Thesis Title “Fertility Desire for the Second-child: A Research on Determinants of Fertility Desire for the Second-child in Shanghai”

12) Ms. Anna Camille Vicedo FLORES (2016-2018, MA/ Philippines)  Thesis Title “Comics as Jeepney: An Analysis of the Continuous Negotiations of Identity in Postcolonial Philippines”




The following are the students who are doing researches under Prof. Sonoda’s supervision.


Ph.D. Students

Jiyoon KIM, Ms. South Korea

Jiyoon Kim was a PhD Student at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies. She finished her BA in Mass Communication and MA in Visual Communication, both in Yonsei University, Korea. Her research interest mainly covers the experience of globalization, cosmopolitan imagination and world imaginaries as socially, culturally, and historically constructed and accumulated in certain society. She is currently working on this issue in her dissertation through the case of youth travel culture/tourism, global imagination, and backpacker enclaves in East Asian context, for example in Korea and Japan.

Yi-ren LIN, Mr. (Taiwan)

LIN Yi-Ren was a PhD student at the ITASIA program and is currently serving as project assistant professor for IHS program. His work focuses on the culture and social interactions among Internet users, and he is also interested in social thoughts, especially Durkheim’s work. The topic of his PhD thesis is about Taiwanese “villagers” (「鄉民」), which may be viewed as an Internet-based cultural identity. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics, National Taiwan University (Taiwan), and a  master’s degree in sociology, Natioanl Chengchi University (Taiwan).

Brian David Berry, Mr. (USA)

Brian Berry is a PhD student at the University of Tokyo’s ITASIA program.(Taking a leave).  After completing his masters in the same program, his current research now focuses on the globalization of elite universities in Japan. He is also co-editor of the Asia Journal of Global Studies and the membership secretary for the Asia Association for Global Studies and has assisted with conducting symposiums in Japan and Thailand.

Lige BAO, Ms. (China)

Ms. Bao obtained her bachelor degree from Peking University and master degree from University of Tokyo. She was a Ph.D. student in the ITASIA program as well as IHS program, at the University of Tokyo. She has been interested in education issues under globalization and the pursuit of identity among Chinese people by recovering traditional Chinese culture. She currently studies emerging old style private school(私塾) in contemporary China.

Dilnoza MIRDJALILOVA, Ms. (Uzbekistan)

Dilnoza Mirdjalilova is a Ph.D. student at the University of Tokyo, ITASIA and IHS Program. Her research focuses on language policy and language planning issues of Post-Soviet Central Asian countries, particularly the process of alphabet change in Uzbekistan. She obtained her MA from the University of Tsukuba and has an experience of working at the university in Japan

Xiaochen SU, Mr. (USA)

Xiaochen Su is a Ph.D. student at the University of Tokyo, ITASIA Program. His research interests are in the sociological/political/economic impacts of international migration, with particular focus on Chinese immigration in the Russian Far East. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Yale University in US and MA from LSE in UK.

Alleson D. Villiota II, Mr. (Philippines)

Alleson D. Villota II is a Ph.D. student at the University of Tokyo ITASIA Program. He obtained both his degrees in BA Political Science (2007) and MA Asian Studies (2016) from the University of the Philippines. His research focuses on the changing forms and notions of masculinities in the context of transnational marriage and migration, with emphasis on the lived experiences and narratives of Japanese husbands married to Filipina wives

Master Students

Qili LI, Ms. (China) 

Ms. Li Qili is currently a second-year master student in ITASIA as well as IHS program. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Department of Communication and Department of International Politics in Renmin University of China. Her research mainly focuses on the causes of conflicts in refugee resettled community and the effect of conciliation made by the government or aiding agencies.

Jiangxue WANG, Ms. (China)

Ms. Jiangxue Wang is currently a second-year master student in ITASIA as well as IHS program. Her research interest is on Chinese human rights NPOs, especially feminist NPOs. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Department of Economics in Liaoning University.

Shiliu ZHAO, Ms. (China)  

Ms. Shiliu Zhao is currently a second-year master student in ITASIA program. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Fudan University and gained 2 years of working experience as an editor at The Paper(澎湃新闻), a digital paper in China. As a research student, Shiliu focuses her research on the changes of job profiles in media industry, with foreigner journalists working for China’s new media to exemplify.

Philipp GILSON, Mr. (Germany)

Mr. Philipp Gilson is currently a second-year master student in ITASIA program.  Heobtained bachelor’s degree in Modern Japanese Studies from Heinrich-Heine -University Duesseldorf, studying English/American Studies as minor.  His interests are in suicide and youth studies in Japan as well as e-Sports.

Jiaxin ZHENG, Ms. (China)

Ms. Jiaxin Zheng is currently a second-year master student in ITASIA program. She obtained bachelor’s degree in Journalism (Sociology as minor) from Peking University. She is also a Baixian Scholar.  Ms. Zheng is interested in political communication, but her concrete research topic has not been fixed yet.

Yingzi YE, Ms. (China)

Ms. Yingzi Ye is currently a second-year master student in ITASIA as well as IHS program. She obtained bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from Fudan University.  She has conducted some preliminary researches on NEET in China, but may change the topic due to the difficulty in accessing to the informants. A potential topic may be “guichu” videos, a way for Chinese youth to escape from profundity

.George GONZALES Zachary, Mr. (USA)

George Zachary Gonzales is a second-year master’s student in the Interdisciplinary Information Studies department at the University of Tokyo.  He obtained his bachelor’s degree at Pomona College in Claremont, CA, USA, as well as a master’s degree from University of California, Santa Cruz, both in History. His previous research includes processes of identity construction and historical memory in Nikkei communities in Bolivia and ideas of indigeneity among the Japanese Left from the 1970s to 1990s. He is interested in the history of emotions, particularly where capitalism and nationalism come into play, and is currently researching the functions of Japanese aid NGOs in a consumerist context

LUONG Nguyet Anh, Ms. (Vietnam)

LUONG got a undergraduate degree in Social International Studies at University of Tsukuba before moving to UTokyo for ITASIA program. Her research interest is sharing economy, in particular Airbnb host-guest relationship in Japan and the emerging labor force of digital motorcycle taxi drivers in Vietnam.

ZHAO Xinshu, Ms. (China)   

Ms. Zhao Xinshu is currently a first-year master student in ITASIA program. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Wuhan University (P. R. China) and Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Leeds (UK). Her research interests include sociological food studies, food politics, tourism, and sustainability. The project she is working on investigates authenticity and sustainability issues in food tourism with questionable food safety conditions in China as context.

CHUANG Chia-Li, Mr. (Taiwan)  

Mr. Chuang, chia li is currently a first-year master student in the Interdisciplinary Information Studies department at the University of Tokyo. He obtained his bachelor’s degree at National Taiwan University in Anthropology and Archaeology. His research interest is about the political aspects of cultural heritage in East Asia. Recently, he is focusing on how the current archaeological practices in Taiwan could contribute to the construction of self-identity on the island in a post-colonial context.