(Im)mobilities and Diasporas
Throughout my career I have been interested in how global forces and imaginaries drive people to move and the regimes of migration which control their mobility. Most probably this is due to my own mobility. When I was 17 years old I lived for a year in the US as an exchange student; then at 26, I worked on an English cruise ship moving around European, Brazilian and Caribbean coasts; at 29 I lived in Japan with a Urasenke Foundation fellowship; at 33 I moved to Australia to pursue my PhD; and at 36 I returned to Japan with a Japan Foundation doctoral fellowship. Since then, I have had Visiting Researcher periods in many institutions in Europe and the UK. Imaginaries, passports, borders, and regimes of mobility have been a constant part of my life.