Born and raised in Tsukuba, Japan, I began the study of Japanese literature in an American college inspired by the seminars in pre-modern Japanese literature I took with Donald Keene at Columbia University. I then continued on with my studies of Japanese literature at UC Berkeley, added Korean and Korean studies to my studies. I also was a vistiing graduate student/scholar at UCLA, Tongguk University (Seoul, S. Korea), and Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan). Between finishing my PhD and settling into independent scholarhood, I taught as a visiting assistant professor at three liberal arts colleges and one university. I then decided to picked a profession outside academia and pursue the path of indepent scholarhood.
Current research areas:
-Reinterpretations of classical tales in contemporary contexts.
-Representations of gender and sexuality in manga (Japanese comics).
-Self-presentation of women authors in manga.
-Modern and contemporary Japanese and Korean women's texts.
Recent scholarly activity:
-Presented at 2015 AATJ conference in Chicago (in March).
-Presented at 2015 KFLC at University of Kentucy (in April).
-Currently revising an article on the reinterpretation of an ancient female figure in the contemporary Japanese imagination.