I earned my M.A. in Japanese Studies at Harvard University and MSc in Social Anthropology at University of Oxford.
Subject groups/Research projects
My research interest is family and masculinities in contemporary Japanese society: how family is “related” in daily practices, focusing on sons-in-law (giri no musuko). Historically under the ie system sons-in-law have been marginal in family structure in Japanese household compositions; however, social changes related to demography, parent-children relationships, child care, elderly care, decline in Confucianism and so forth have placed sons-in-law on the map in family relationships. My dissertation focuses on masculinities in the family from the perspectives of fathering, grandfathering and elderly care.
Other Professional Activities
“Searching for Ibasho in Retirement: Grandchild-Rearing As a Source of Happiness?”
14th EAJS International Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia August 2014
“Masculinities in the Japanese Family: Recently Retired Men’s Fulfilment through Grandchild-Rearing?”
BAJS Advanced Postgraduate Conference/Workshop, SOAS April 2014
“Family Masculinity in Japan: Recently Retired Men’s Happiness through Grandchild-rearing?”
Annual Conference of Association for Asian Studies (AAS), Philadelphia March 2014
“Family, Gender, and Generation” No.2
Dissertation Workshop by the Social Research Council and AAS, Philadelphia March 2014
“Family, Gender, and Generation”
Dissertation Workshop by the Social Research Council and AAS, San Diego March 2013
“Family Relatedness: Sons-in-law (giri no musuko) in Changing Japanese Family”
The Annual Student Symposium at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge May 2013
“The Japanese Media Representation of Chinese Residents in Japan: Asahi Newspaper for the Last Twenty Years”
Consortium of African and Asian Studies, SOAS February 2012
“Gender Studies: Women’s Situation in Contemporary Japan”
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, National University of Singapore May 2010
Umegaki, Hiroko. 2012. “The Japanese Media Representation of Chinese Residents in Japan: Asahi Shimbun in 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2009”. Making a Difference: Representing/Constructing the Other in Asian/African Media, Cinema and Languages. Conference Proceedings Papers. Consortium for Asian and African Studies, University of London (SOAS).