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Kweku Ampiah, Associate Professor of Japanese Studies

I am a political economist with expertise in Japanese diplomacy and foreign policy. My research interests include Japanese diplomacy in the 1950s, and Japan’s relations with Africa.
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Mikael Bauer, Lecturer in Japanese Studies

+44 (0)113 343 0210

Japanese pre-modern Buddhism and history; Classical Japanese literature and Kanbun
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Ian Caldwell, Associate Professor of Southeast Asian Studies

The history of South Sulawesi, Indonesia, before 1900; the history and culture of Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia
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Christopher Dent, Professor of East Asia's International Political Economy

East Asian regionalism and regionalisation; free trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific; renewable energy and low carbon development in East Asia; Korea, Singapore and Taiwan
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Caroline Fielder, Lecturer in Chinese Studies

0113 343 4403

Religion in contemporary China, especially faith based organisations; civil society; charity and philanthropy; volunteering; citizenship education
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Alison Hardie, Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies


Social and cultural history of early modern China; Chinese garden design and social uses of gardens in early modern China; individuality and identity in early modern China
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Irena Hayter, Lecturer in Japanese Studies

0113 343 3415

Modern Japanese literature, film and cultural history; relations between historical and cultural form (e.g. visuality, cinema and modernity; modernism and advanced capitalism); cultural theory
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Sierk Horn, Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies

Japanese business and management; consumer and consuming behaviour in East Asia ; cross-cultural measurement concepts and methods; work and organisational psychology; Sino-Japanese relations
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Soyeun Kim, Lecturer in Japanese Studies

Current research interests: the (re-)emerging development cooperation partners in a rapidly changing internaitonal development landscape - Japan and Korea in Southeast Asia and Africa
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Ruru Li, Professor of Chinese Theatre Studies

Tradition and innovation: performance of Beijing Opera; comparative theatre: traditional and modern theatres in China and Western theatre; intercultural performance art
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Kazuki Morimoto, Senior Teaching Fellow in Japanese

+44 (0)113 343 3561

Teaching Japanese as a foreign language; foreign language education; language teaching methodology; writing instruction, feedback and assessment, L2 translation, learning strategies, Study Abroad
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David Pattinson, Lecturer in Chinese Language and Literature

0113 3433468

Letter writing and collections in China, especially late Ming and early Qing; social networks in late imperial China, especially in Jiangxi; bees and beekeeping in China before 1900.
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Caroline Rose, Professor of Sino-Japanese Relations; Director of East Asian Studies

+44 (0)113 343 3471

Contemporary Sino-Japanese relations; nationalism in China and Japan; Sino-Japanese reconciliation; history and citizenship education in China and Japan; Japan's foreign policy
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Martin Seeger, Associate Professor of Thai Studies


History of Buddhism in Thailand; contemporary movements in Thai Buddhism and their relations to society, politics and the economy; disputes on Buddhist doctrines in Thailand
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Piyathida Sereenbenjapol, Teaching Fellow in Thai Language and Culture


Second/foreign language acquisition, computer-assisted language learning (CALL), mobile-assisted language learning (MALL), foreign language teacher education/development, instructional design and tech
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Frances Weightman, Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies

Chinese fiction and authorial identity; authorial prefaces and paratexts; political dissent and Chinese democracy movements; seventeenth-century classical Chinese tales
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Daming Wu, Associate Professor in Chinese and Translation Studies

Computer-Assisted Translation; translation and interpreting studies; computer-assisted language learning
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Lan Yang, Lecturer in Chinese

Stylistics and linguistic criticism on literature;applied linguistics; teaching Chinese as a second language; Chinese literature and language of the Cultural Revolution
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Heather Xiaoquan Zhang, Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies

+44 (0)113 3433497

Socio-economic and human development in China and Southeast Asia (Vietnam); global-local linkages and the impact of globalisation on local development
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