Dr. Reijiro Aoyama’s research is concerned with transnational and global processes mediated by migration and the movement of information, symbols, capital and cultural commodities. His work has focused on migrant communities in East Asia and the production, circulation and consumption of cultural goods facilitated by the entrepreneurial activities in the region. His research interests include anthropology of work and mobility, narratives of migration, and material and non-material culture of cross-border interactions. He has conducted several long-term ethnographies of the Japanese presence in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bangkok, and Singapore, and has published on Japanese diaspora, craftsmanship, and emotional work in service industries, Sino-Japanese animation, and historical cross-border interactions mediated by Sinitic writing. Dr. Aoyama is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Japanese Studies, CUHK.
Anthropology of globalization, Japanese contemporary culture outside Japan, Japanese migrant communities in East Asia, Early modern Sino-Japanese cultural exchange, Digital platforms and online work, Applications of augmented reality for learning & teaching