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I'm currently a PhD candidate at the University of Alberta wrapping up my SSHRC funded research in Comparative Literature. My thesis examines Japanese manga that adapt, or are influenced by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars. Specifically, it explores the revival of the boy detective in commercially successful manga in Japan during the 1990s and early 2000s as a response to the discursive formation of juvenile delinquents at the time. In Winter 2017, I designed and taught my dream course entitled “Sherlock Holmes & the Transcultural Imagination” at the University of Alberta, which I won in a department competition. I'm a former member of Edmonton’s Sherlockian Society, The Wisteria Lodgers, and currently the newest board member of The Bootmakers of Toronto: The Sherlock Holmes Society of Canada. If I wasn't a scholar, I think, I'd most likely be a sleuth.
In addition to my thesis work, my research focuses on contemporary Japanese visual culture, encompassing graphic narratives and video games. As a comparativist, I often explore transnational and transcultural aspects of these media forms through various methods and approaches. I’ve also conducted research on women game developers in Japan, exploring questions of women's equal employment laws, Japanese work culture, and discourses of domesticity. You can find my published article on women game developers in Japan in chapter 8 of Feminism in Play. As a feminist scholar, I believe in destabilizing cultural expectations and gendered assumptions about women (and those who identify as women) regarding their roles within the professional workforce whether that be in academia, STEM, or other industries. For more info about about my research interests, see my monthly blog!
I was born in Miyagi, Japan but immigrated to Canada when I was 11-months-old. I've lived in Ontario for the majority of my life. I'm a bilingual speaker of Japanese and English and I'm currently studying to achieve Level 5 proficiency in Mandarin Chinese with Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì (HSK) and preparing to write the Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF). I also have a purple sash in Mantis Style Kung Fu from the Niagara Kung Fu Academy. I'm a self-proclaimed foodie (@mimirellaz) and collect anything related to Sherlock Holmes and Aoyama Gōshō’s Meitantei Konan--yes, I currently have up to 95 volumes of the original manga series, and counting! You can also find me on twitter.
It's my dream one day to visit the Gōshō Aoyama Manga Factory!