Graduate students at APSI have a diverse array of disciplinary and regional interests, resulting in a robust and dynamic academic community within and beyond the classroom.

EAS-MA students


Lingyi Chen

Research Interests: Modern history and politics of Japan and Korea; storytelling in human societies.

Wenjin Fang

Research Interests: Western intellectual perspectives on China; intellectual history.

Kenan Gu

Research interests: sexual minorities, sexuality politics, feminism in post-socialist China, migration, state-society relations, modernization, global capitalism, and knowledge circulation


Seulbin Han

Research Interests: Intercultural and interlingual communication, translation theory, nationalistic and cultural representation, and the emergence of multi-lingual communities in today's global society.

Mingkang Hao

Research Interests: Chinese gender and queer history from late-imperial to Mao-era China.

Jackson Herndon

Research Interests: Chinese intellectual and social history of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Chenyi Huang

Research interest: representations of motherhood in Japan and China in film and literature, anthropology, history, digital humanities


Lujia Li

Research interests: comparative poetics (pre-Qin poetry, pre- and early Islamic poetics), oral tradition, and audio-vocal culture, particularly the oral formulaic theory of poetry composition


Hechen Liu

Research Interests: Out-migration in post-socialist and industrial regions


Siyuan Liu

Research interests: contemporary Chinese and Japanese literature, urban legends, culture/subculture, and folklore


Artemis Qi

Research interests: film, literature, Buddhism, feminism


Ziqi Wan

Research interests: International relations and politics, particularly Sino-Japanese relations; history; issues related to aging in China and Japan


Ruowei Wu

Research Interests: Colonial and post-colonial literature of China and Korea; diaspora memory, power dynamics.

Chunxiao Yang

Research Interests: Chinese women; historical sociology of 20th century China; China's integration into global capitalist networks; urbanization and inequality.

Junquan Zong

Research Interests: Japanese literature and culture; contemporary Japanese economics.

East Asian Studies Graduate Certificate Students


Mariko Azuma

PhD student in Art, Art History, & Visual Studies

Research interests: Japanese modern art history and visual culture; architecture; travel and tourism history

Felix  Borthwick

Felix Borthwick


Felix is a PhD student in the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. Centered on the post-growth city, his research critically explores emerging forms of urban sociality, post-growth urban futures, and our relationship to the historical and material legacy of the built environment. He investigates these issues through an ethnographic project on the residential communities of long-standing suburban public housing projects (danchi) in Tokyo, Japan. His other interests include gender and the family, labor and precarity, Marxism and political economy, the politics of cultural heritage and architectural preservation, and the anthropology of space. 

Felix holds a B.A. (Japan in East Asia, 2016) and an M.A (Interdisciplinary Information Studies, 2018) from the University of Tokyo.

Haocong  Cheng

Haocong Cheng


Haocong Cheng is a Ph.D. student in the history department. Identifying himself as a historian of science and technology, environment, and society of twentieth-century China, Haocong's current research project revolves around livestock in twentieth-century Inner Mongolia. He aims to bring together human and nonhuman actors while exploring questions about modernizing projects and transnational knowledge production. Before joining Duke, he received his BA in history from UCLA and MA in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia.


Yueqi Cheng

MA student, Graduate Liberal Studies

As a Graduate Liberal Studies student, my primary research interest lies in the field of East Asian cinema. With a background in film, I’m most passionate about diasporic East Asian cinema. I hope to connect film studies (cinematography and sound as the foci) with affect studies and explore the themes of “nostalgia,” “displacement,” “belonging,” etc. I’m also interested in the relationship between cinema and religion, specifically how East Asian directors consciously or unconsciously insert religious ideals in their filmmaking.


Tatiana Farmer

Public Policy student

Tatiana Farmer was born and raised in North Carolina. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she double majored in Global Studies and Psychology with a minor in Japanese. Tatiana participated in a range of internationally oriented extracurricular and professional opportunities. She traveled to Japan three times through the Kakehashi project, as a Gilman scholar, and as a FLAS recipient. After graduating, Tatiana joined a law firm in North Carolina. Tatiana will be pursuing a Master's degree in Public Policy at Duke University before entering the Foreign Service as a Public Diplomacy Officer. Tatiana enjoys learning languages and has studied Japanese and Korean at university. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and watching food blogs.

Jooyoung  Hong

Jooyoung Hong


Doctoral Student in Religious Studies

My academic interests have been grounded in the study of World Christianity via historical analysis. I have examined the vitality and variance of Christian faith in the specific cultural contexts, in East Asia. As a neophyte scholar, I have developed my research fields in the juxtaposition of historical study, cultural study, East Asian study, and Theology. 

B.A., Theology, Yonsei University, South Korea (2013)
Th.M., World Christianity and Inter-cultural Studies, Yonsei University (2018) 
M.Div., Vanderbilt University (2021)

Melissa  Karp

Melissa Karp


Ph.D. Candidate in Literature 2018-Present
My research interests center on memory studies and literatures of mass violence. I work on French and Korean 20th century literatures with a focus on periods of colonization and occupation. My dissertation examines the ways that the figure of the collaborator is represented in and imagined through national literatures and memory cultures. I take a multilingual, transcultural, and transmedial approach to comparative work, using novels, historiography, film, museums, and memorials as objects of analysis in my projects.

Before coming to Duke, I completed an undergraduate honors thesis that examined the intellectual collaborator in French and Korean 1940s literatures as an exception to binary trauma discourses of perpetrator and victim.

Educational Background

Master of Arts, 2022
Program in Literature
Duke University (Durham, NC, USA)

Bachelor of Arts, 2018
Comparative Literature, Honors
East Asian Studies
Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH, USA)

Faye  Ma

Faye Ma


Fanyi Faye Ma is a Ph.D. student in ethnomusicology working in the intersection of sound studies, performance studies, and media anthropology. Her research examines the media and vocal practices during and after China's Zero-COVID policy in relation to citizenship and everyday experience of the state. She treats sound events ranging from “balcony karaoke” during lockdowns to residents’ self-published recordings of telephone conversation with government workers as performances that rehearse compromised or emergent forms of political subjectivity under a solidifying authoritarian regime. Paying attention to the materiality and aesthetics of sound, she unpacks the sensorial and affective registers of cyclical political catastrophe under China’s historical and ongoing high-modernist social engineering while highlighting the coping mechanisms developed by citizens to survive or penetrate the expanding techno-authoritarian apparatus. Ultimately, she seeks to complicate the dominant narrative about authoritarianism and resistance and challenge the liberal democratic aurality that links sounding with power and quietude with passivity.

Faye has also written about Chinese music ensembles, formation of Asian Americas, and neoliberal multiculturalism in US universities.
Faye grew up in Shanghai, China and previously earned a B.A. from Swarthmore College, where she studied Asian Studies, Music, and Religion.

Coralei  Neighbors

Coralei Neighbors


Coralei Neighbors is a Ph.D. Student at the Department of Population Health Sciences in the Duke School of Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education for Health Science Studies from Baylor University and her Master of Science in Global Health from Duke University. Coralei has experience in national and international infectious disease research, with interests in infectious disease surveillance, health economics, and global health policy.

SaeHim  Park

SaeHim Park


SaeHim Park holds a Ph.D. in the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University (May 2024). Her dissertation, titled "Imaging 'Comfort Women': Girl Statue of Peace (2011) in the Expanded Field," focuses on the politics of representing historical gender-based violence in the imperialisms of Japan and the United States within the context of modern and contemporary Korean art and media. She holds an MA in Art History from the University of Toronto and a BA in Art History from the University of Hong Kong. At Duke, she has certificates in Information Sciences, East Asian Studies, Feminist Studies, and College Teaching. Currently, she is a Global Justice and Equity Fellow (2023-2024) at the John Hope Franklin Center.


Anqi Yan

Anqi Yan is a PhD student in Cultural Anthropology at Duke. Her research interests include migration, labor, gender, sexuality, affect and digital ethnography.

Jaeyeon  Yoo

Jaeyeon Yoo


Ph.D. student in the Program in Literature, Duke University

M.A., New York University
English and American Literature

B.A., magna cum laude, Bowdoin College
English and Music Composition double major, Russian minor