I am a ‘third culture kid’ whose family emigrated to New Zealand not once but twice. My interest in migration and third culture studies stems from a life on the move. My introduction to Asian history came from my grandfather’s experiences in Burma during the Second World War. His recounted memories encouraged an interest in life history, memory and narrative.
I hold a BA Hons in history from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at London University, an MA in Pacific Rim Studies from the University of Essex, and a DPhil in history from the University of Sussex.
After a decade in Japan as an associate professor at Nagoya University of Commerce and Business, and later at Bunkyo Gakuin University in Tokyo, I returned to the UK where I completed an MA in creative writing and a PhD in creative and critical writing at the University of East Anglia.
I am an ex-JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme participant and Monbukagakusho (Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) scholar.
I am currently working as a historical researcher at a private organisation.