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.
Research interests: sexual minorities, sexuality politics, feminism in post-socialist China, migration, state-society relations, modernization, global capitalism, and knowledge circulation
Research interest: representations of motherhood in Japan and China in film and literature, anthropology, history, digital humanities
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
Research interests: contemporary Chinese and Japanese literature, urban legends, culture/subculture, and folklore
Research interests: film, literature, Buddhism, feminism
Research interests: International relations and politics, particularly Sino-Japanese relations; history; issues related to aging in China and Japan
East Asian Studies Graduate Certificate Students
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.
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.
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)
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.
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)
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 is a PhD candidate in Art History and Visual Studies. Her research field is modern and contemporary Korean art and media, with a focus on the representations of historical gender-based violence in the imperialisms of Japan and the United States.
She received 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 holds certificates in Information Science, East Asian Studies, Feminist Studies, and College Teaching.