Recent Research

Last Updated: June 2020

Past CJR co-director Christina Laffin represented the Centre at a signing ceremony for a Memorandum of Understanding with the Institute of International Studies at Gakushūin Women’s College in November 2019.

Christina Yi receiving the promotion to the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of Asian Studies in May 2020. Congratulations!


The proceedings from the Hokkaidō 150 Workshop has been published as a roundtable in Critical Asian Studies in October 2019.

The new publication is accessible through the UBC library to students and faculty here(alternative). Interested readers who do not have UBC library access or other institutional access to Critical Asian Studies should reach out to Professor Tristan Grunow for access to the article.

More information on the Hokkaidō 150 Workshop can be found on the Meiji 150 website here.


Language, Education, Pedagogies, Museum Studies

David Anderson published “The role of the museums as sites for learning how to teach and change educational practices.” in Museum Informatics, Vol. 5; Museum and Communication, Chap. 2 in 2018 and “Long-term memories on visitors of world expositions: A brief review on the studies of memories of the world expositions in Montreal, Osaka, Vancouver, Brisbane, and Aichi” along with S. Shimizu in Expology. His upcoming publication includes “My identity in the garden – Self reflections of expatriates’ garden visits” with S. Yamashita in the Journal of Museum Education. 

Ryuko Kubota published Eigo kyōiku gensō [Misconceptions of English language teaching and learning] in 2018. She also published widely on English language teaching in Japanese in 2019, which includes:

  • Kubota, R. (2019). Komyunikēshon ryoku o sodateru eigo kyōiku: Kuritikaru na shiten kara [English language teaching that fosters communicative ability: From critical perspectives]. In Y. Ayabe (Ed.), Shōgakkō eigo kyôiku e no sermon tiki apurōchi: Kotoba no sekai o hiraku [Professional approaches to teaching English in elementary schools: Opening doors to the world of language] (pp. 283-298). Yokohama: Shumpusha.
  • Kubota, R. (2019). Nihon ni okeru gaikoku ni rūtsu o motsu kodomo no tame no keishōgo kyōiku to gengo seisaku [Heritage language education and language policies in Japan for children with overseas roots]. In K. Kondo-Brown, M. Sakamoto, & T. Nishikawa (Eds.), Oya to ko o tsunagu keishōgo kyōiku: Nihon/gaikoku ni rūtsu o motsu kodomo [Heritage language education connecting generations: From the Japanese perspective] (pp. 268-282). Tokyo: Kurshio Shuppan.
  • Kubota, R. (2019). English in Japan. In P. Heinrich & Y. Ohara (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of Japanese sociolinguistics (pp. 110-126). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
  • Kubota, R. (2019). Gengo kyōiku seisaku ni okeru komyunikēshon o kangaeru [Rethinking “communication” in language-in-education policies]. In S. Sato (Ed.), Komyunikēshon to wa nani ka: Posuto komyunikatibu apurōchi [What is “communication”: Post-communicative approaches] (pp. 76-98). Tokyo: Kuroshio Shuppan.

Literature, History, Anthropology

Millie Creighton published A Treehouse in Tokyo: Reflections on Nikkei, Citizenship, Belonging, Architecture, and Art on the 75th Anniversary of Japanese American and Japanese Canadian Internment in 2017. The article deals with the 75th anniversary of the internment of Japanese Americans and Japanese Canadians, so is timely now with 2020 as the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, and the article also relates this to current policies and perspectives on immigrants and refugees in Japan, Canada, and US.

Dr. Creighton and her graduate student Basant Ahmed Sayed participated in the 6th annual Egycon Cosplay Competition held in Cairo, Egypt in 2019.

She also now teaches a course The Japanese Tea Ceremony, which is created and initiated as the first of its kind university credit course in Canada which includes both typical university style classroom lectures/discussions, with the actual practice of embedded learning of Chado or the Japanese ‘Way of Tea’ within the Japanese tea house in Nitobe Memorial Garden on the UBC campus.You can read more here: https://anth.ubc.ca/2016/06/01/students-learn-about-the-japanese-tea-ceremony/

Dr. Creighton (on left) in her prize-winning character Momohime (the Peach or Pink Princess) and graduate student Basant Ahmed Sayed (on right)

Photo of one of the final tea session groups also attended by some guests such as UBC Ambassador Wendy Yip (wife of Pres. Ono).

Nam-Lin Hur is currently conducting research on Japan’s invasion of Korea in 1592-1598. He recently contributed “Buddhist Culture in Early Modern Japan.” and “Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s Invasion of the Chosŏn Kingdom, 1592-1598” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History. 

Christina Yi published her monograph Colonizing Language: Cultural Production and Language Politics in Modern Japan and Korea  in 2018, and contributed to an edited journal issue Zainichi Special Feature in Azalea: Journal of Korean Literature & Culture in 2019. She also published a literary translation of “Trash” by Kim Talsu, in Zainichi Literature: Japanese Writings by Ethnic Koreans in 2018.


Economics and Political Science

Masao Nakamura published “Japan’s ultimately unaccursed natural resources-financed industrialization,” with (R. Morck) in Journal of The Japanese and International Economies in 2018 and “An economic assessment of present and future electronic-waste streams: Japan’s experience” (with H. Hayami) in E-waste Recycling and Management: Environmental Chemistry for a Sustainable World in 2020. He was also contributed in The Globe Post‘s opinion in January 2019 with an article titled “Why Japan’s new immigration law could cause public backlash.”

Marc-David Seidel is currently the director of the W. Maurice Young Centre for Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Research, which held the Inaugural EGOS and Organization Studies Kyoto Workshop in December 2019. The workshop was co-sponsored by EGOS, Copenhagen Business School Entrepreneurship Platform, Kyoto University Faculty of Economics, and the W. Maurice Young Centre for Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Research at the University of British Columbia. He also served on the Scientific Committee of the workshop, as well as a mentor in the Doctoral Consortia paper development workshop held
prior to the primary workshop in Kyoto.