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, four 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

4) Dr. ZHOU, Qian 周倩 (2013 at the University of Tokyo, now working at Research Faculty of Media and Communication, Hokkaido University, as assistant professor, Japan)

Dissertation Title: “‘Media Images of ‘Middle Classes’  and Their Meanings: Comparative Analysis of Newspapers in China and Japan at the Time of Rapid Economic Growth” (Japanese)

Speciality: Media Studies, Comparative Researches.

Dr. Zhou1

The following seven 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”

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.

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.

Yi-ren LIN, Mr. (Taiwan)

LIN Yi-Ren is currently a fourth-year PhD student at the ITASIA 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).

Lige BAO, Ms. (China)

Ms. Bao obtained her bachelor degree from Peking University and master degree from University of Tokyo. She is currently a third year 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 PhD 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

Xindi QIN, Ms. (China)

Xindi Qin is currently a Ph.D. student at University of Tokyo’s ITASIA program. She obtained her B.A. from Shanghai International Studies University, and her M.A. from Yale University. Her research seeks to explore the significance of youth’s new media engagements for subjectivity construction, and the ways media consumption are being interwoven into the construction, perception, presentation, and policing of identity in “virtual” trans-media space and in “real” socio-cultural complexity.

Master Students

Ching CHUANG, Ms. (Taiwan)

Ms. CHUANG Ching is currently a second-year master student in ITASIA as well as IHS program. Her research interests include otaku cultures, fandom, gender studies, etc. She is currently conducting her research on Japanese Anime Magazines in the recent decade, with a specific focus on the commoditization, marketing of anime and the transformation in anime magazines’ readership. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in National Taiwan University.

Yiwen SHI, Ms. (China)

Ms. Shi is currently a second-year student in the ITASIA master’s degree program, the University of Tokyo. Her research is about aging problem, with an emphasis on the effect of two- child policy on the aging problem in China. She obtained her BA degree at Shanghai University of Finance & Economics.

Anna Camille Vicedo FLORES, Ms. (Philippines)

Ms. Flores is currently a first-year Master student in the ITASIA program of the University of Tokyo. Her research interests include popular culture and national and cultural identities. Her research explores the discourse on Philippine comics and the representation and construction of a Filipino national identity. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in English Studies from the University of the Philippines.

Qili LI, Ms. (China) 

Ms. Li Qili is currently a first-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. Wang is currently a first-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 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.

Other than the students above,  Ms.Sri Ayu WULANSARI (Indonesia),  Ms. Nicole HASBUM (Canada), Ms. Lu WANG (China), Ms. Lu WANG (China) are now attending Prof. Sonoda’s zemi meetings (as of April 1, 2017).                                                                                   

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