Toivgoo Aira has over 20 years of experience working as an STI, HIV, AIDS medical doctor in the hospital of dermato-venereology and as a head of STI, HIV, AIDS in-patients clinic of the National Center for Communicable Diseases in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She has an MPH from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (1997) and completed a doctoral program (2005) in Public Health at Kochi University (Japan). She is now working as an executive director of Wellspring NGO, activities of which focus on public health, including behavioral research.
Kaoru Aoyama is a sociologist and associate professor in the Graduate School of Intercultural Studies at Kobe University in Japan. She gained her doctorate from the University of Essex. Her current research interests focus on issues around migration, sexwork, trafficking, social exclusion, and the transformation of the intimate sphere. She is the author of Thai Migrant Sex Workers: From Modernisation to Globalisation (PalgraveMacmillan, 2009), and co-editor (with Ochiai Emiko) of Asian Women and Intimate Work (Brill, 2014).
Ruth Barraclough teaches Korean modern history and gender studies in the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University. She is the author of Factory Girl Literature: Sexuality, Violence and Representation in Industrialising Korea (2012) and co-editor (with Elyssa Faison) of Gender and Labour in Korea and Japan: Sexing Class (Routledge 2009).
Franck Bille is a post-doctoral researcher in the Division of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, and coordinator of an ESRC-funded project (2012—15) entitled ‘Where Rising Powers Meet: China and Russia at their North Asian Border.’ He previously carried out research in Mongolia where he investigated the prevalence of anti-Chinese sentiments. He is author of Sinophobia: Anxiety, Violence and the Making of Mongolian Identity (Hawai’i, forthcoming).
Catherine E. Carlson is a Global Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University. Her work in Mongolia has focused on the prevention of violence, sexual risk, and alcohol use among women engaged in sex work. She also recently completed a study on the neighborhood and community factors impacting women’s experiences of intimate partner violence in Uganda. Dr. Carlson has worked as a program manager and consultant for numerous INGOs, UN agencies, and grassroots organisations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. She is a graduate of Emory University, holds an MSW from the University of Georgia, and received her doctorate from Columbia University.
Mei-Hua Chen is associate professor in the Department of Sociology, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan. She currently teaches Feminist Theory, Sociology of Gender, and Sociology of Sexuality. She has published articles on issues such as sex work and sexuality in well – known journals in Taiwan. Recently her research has concentrated on migration and sexuality, in particular Chinese migrant sex work in Taiwan, and Taiwanese men’s sex tourism in China.
Hyaeweol Choi is professor of Korean Studies and director of the Korea Institute at the Australian National University. Her research interests are gender, culture, religion, and diaspora. Her recent books include Gender and Mission Encounters in Korea: New Women, Old Ways (California, 2009) and New Women in Colonial Korea: A Sourcebook (Routledge 2013).
Catherine Earl is a research fellow at the School of Business and Economics, Federation University Australia. Recent publications include journal articles in Media International Australia, Pacific Geographies, Children in War: The International Journal of Evacuee and War Child Studies and The Journal of Vietnamese Studies. Her monograph, Vietnam’s New Middle Classes: Gender, Career, City, is published by Nordic Institute of Asian Studies Press.
James Farrer is professor of Sociology and Global Studies at Sophia University in Tokyo. He specialises in urban studies and cultural sociology, employing qualitative and ethnographic methods to investigate urban culture in Shanghai and Tokyo, including sexuality, nightlife, cuisine, and expatriate communities. He is author of Opening Up: Youth Sex Culture and Market Reform in Shanghai (Chicago, 2002). His journal publications on sexual culture in China and Japan have covered changing gender roles and sexual relations, including youth sexuality and dating culture, extramarital sexuality, cross-border relationships, online dating, internet sexual politics, sexual storytelling, gay identities, and other aspects of sex and gender in social interaction.
Patrick W. Galbraith received his first PhD in Information Studies from the University of Tokyo, and is currently pursuing a second PhD in Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. He is the author of The Otaku Encyclopedia (Kodansha International, 2009), Tokyo Realtime: Akihabara (White Rabbit Press, 2010), Otaku Spaces (Chin Music Press, 2012) and The Moe Manifesto (Tuttle, 2014), as well as the co-editor of Idols and Celebrity in Japanese Media Culture (Palgrave, 2012).
Tine Gammeltoft is professor of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen. She conducts research in the realm of global health, focusing particularly on sexual and reproductive health and gender issues. She has twenty years of research experience from Vietnam and has led several research capacity building projects. Her most recent publications include the article ‘Potentiality and Human Temporality’ (Current Anthropology, 2013) and the review article ‘Selective Reproductive Technologies’ (co-authored with Ayo Wahlberg, Annual Review of Anthropology, 2014). Her new book, entitled Haunting Images: A Cultural Account of Selective Reproduction in Vietnam (University of California Press, 2014), explores the use of obstetrical ultrasonography for selective reproduction in Vietnam.
Johanna Hood is assistant professor at Roskilde University, Denmark, in the Institute for Society and Globalisation. She is the author of HIV/AIDS, Health and the Media in China (Routledge, 2011 ); and contributed chapters to Louise Edwards and Elaine Jeffreys (eds) Celebrity China (Hong Kong, 2010); Wanning Sun and Yingjie Guo (eds) Unequal China (Routledge, 2012); Gustavo Subero (ed.) HIV in World Cultures (Ashgate, 2013); and articles in Modern China (2013), International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies (2012), and Asian Studies Review (2004). She currently researches the impacts that public health and local ethnicity models have on HIV/AIDS health media in urban China, the role of celebrity actors in politics and public health, and the shortages and commodification of blood in China.
Elaine Jeffreys is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the China Research Centre, University of Technology Sydney, and associate professor in China Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UTS. She is the author of Prostitution Scandals in China: Policing, Media and Society (Routledge, 2012), and China, Sex and Prostitution (Routledge, 2004 ); editor of China’s Governmentalities: Governing Change, Changing Government (Routledge, 2009 ) and Sex and Sexuality in China (Routledge, 2006 ); and co-editor (with Louise Edwards) of Celebrity in China (Hong Kong, 2010).
Lucetta Yip Lo Kam is an assistant professor in the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing at Hong Kong Baptist University. She is the author of Shanghai Lalas: Female Tongzhi Communities and Politics in Urban China (Hong Kong, 2013).
Kazuya Kawaguchi is professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Hiroshima Shudo University. He is the author of Kuia Sutadiizu [Queer Studies] (Iwanami, 2003); co-author (with Kazama Takashi and Keith Vincent) of Gei Sutadiizu [Gay Studies] (Seidosha, 1997); and (with Kazama Takashi) of Doseiai to Iseiai [Homosexuality and Heterosexuality] (Iwanami, 2010).
Suzy Kim is assistant professor in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey. She is author of Everyday Life in the North Korean Revolution, 1945—1950 (Cornell, 2013). Her teaching and research interests focus on modern Korean history, with particular attention to gender studies, oral history, and social theory.
Travis S. K. Kong is associate professor in Sociology at The University of Hong Kong, where he teaches gender, sexuality, media, and cultural studies. His research interests are Chinese homosexuality and masculinity, prostitution in Hong Kong and China, and transnational Chinese sexuality. To date, his articles have appeared in books, encyclopedias, and journals such as Body & Society, Sexualities, Gender, Work and Organization, Deviant Behavior, Critical Asian Studies, Lancet, and AIDS Care. He is co-editor of Sexualities: Studies in Culture and Society and is the author of Chinese Male Homosexualities: Memba, Tongzhi and Golden Boy (Routledge, 2011).
Sky H. L. Lau is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at The University of Hong Kong. He attained his MPhil in Sociology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His PhD study is about the subcultural practice of ‘Chem-Fun’ — the combination of drug-taking and gay sex within Hong Kong gay community. His academic interests are male homosexualities, genders, and medical sociology. He is the author of Gay Specificity in Hong Kong (Roundtable Synergy Books, 2010).
Eva C. Y. Li is a PhD candidate in Film Studies at King’s College London. She obtained her MPhil in Sociology at the University of Hong Kong. Her current research is about the everyday practices of a queer sensibility called ‘zhongxing’ (neutral sex) in Chinese societies. Her research interests include media and cultural studies, gender and sexuality, East Asian popular culture, and fandom studies.
Vera Mackie is professor of Asian Studies in the Institute for Social Transformation Research in the Faculty of Law, Humanities, and the Arts at the University of Wollongong, where she is research leader of the Forum on Human Rights Research. Publications include Creating Socialist Women in Japan: Gender, Labour and Activism, 1900-1937 (Cambridge, 1997); Feminism in Modern Japan: Citizenship, Embodiment and Sexuality (Cambridge, 2003); Gurobaruka to Jenda HyOsho [Globalisation and Representations of Gender] (Ochanomizu Shobo, 2003); Human Rights and Gender Politics: Asia-Pacific Perspectives (Routledge, 2000; co-edited with Anne-Marie Hilsdon, Martha Macintyre and Maila Stivens) and special issues of journals, including Asian Studies Review (‘Human Rights in Asia,’ 2013; ‘Globalisation and Body Politics,’ 2010); Intersections (‘Performing Globalisation,’ 2010; ‘Gender, Governance and Security in Australia, Asia and the Pacific,’ 2007); Japanese Studies (‘The Cultural Politics of the City in Modern Japan,’ 2011); and Portal: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies (‘The Space Between: Languages, Translations, Cultures,’ 2009).
Claire Maree is lecturer in Japanese at the Asia Institute, University of Melbourne. She researches critical language studies, specifically discourse analysis focusing on critical approaches to language and identity studies, and language education; the dynamics of gender and sexuality in spoken discourses and contemporary media; and queer theory. Major publications include On–kotoba Ron [On On–kotoba — The Language of Queens] (Seidosha, 2013); Hatsuwasha no gengo sutorateji toshite no negoshieshon koi [Negotiation as a Linguistic Strategy of Speakers] (Hituzi Shobo-, 2007). She has published chapters in collected volumes on Japanese language and gender, and contributes articles to journals such as Media International Australia, Nihon Joseigakkai-shi [Japan Women’s Studies Association Journal], Journal of Lesbian Studies, Women’s Studies, Intersections and Gendai Shis– [Contemporary Thought].
Fran Martin is a senior lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne. Her publications include Backward Glances: Contemporary Chinese Cultures and the Female Homoerotic Imaginary (Duke, 2010), Situating Sexualities: Queer Representation in Taiwanese Fiction, Film and Public Culture (Hong Kong, 2003), Angelwings: Contemporary Queer Fiction from Taiwan (Hawaii, 2003); Mobile Cultures: New Media in Queer Asia (co-edited with Chris Berry and Audrey Yue, Duke, 2003); AsiaPacifiQueer: Rethinking Genders and Sexualities (co-edited with Peter Jackson, Mark McLelland and Audrey Yue, Illinois, 2008); and Embodied Modernities: Corporeality, Representation and Chinese Cultures (co-edited with Larissa Heinrich, Hawaii, 2006).
Mark McLelland is an ARC Future Fellow and Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Wollongong. He has written and co-edited numerous books on the history of sexuality in Japan, including Queer Japan from the Pacific War to the Internet Age (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005), Genders, Transgenders and Sexualities in Japan (Routledge, 2005) and Love, Sex and Democracy in Japan during the American Occupation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).
Katrina L. Moore is a lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of New South Wales. She is the author of The Joy ofNoh: Embodied Learning and Discipline in Urban Japan (State University of New York Press, 2014). She has also published in such journals as Japanese Studies (2013), Asian Theatre Journal (2012), Asian Anthropology (2010), the Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology (2010) and Harvard Asia Quarterly (2008).
Tomoko Nakamatsu is an assistant professor in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Western Australia. She has worked on gender, marriage migration, and migration policies in Japan. Her recent publications includes ‘Marriage Migration: Love in Brokered Marriages in Contemporary Japan,’ in Dirk Hoerder and Amarjit Kaur (eds), Proletarian and Gendered Mass Migrations: A Global Perspective on Continuities and Discontinuities from the 19th to the 21st Centuries (Brill, 2013) and “Under the Multicultural Flag: Japan’s Ambiguous Multicultural Framework and its Local Evaluations and Practices” (Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2013). She is currently researching language and family relations in intermarriages among Japanese transnational migrants in Australia
Natalie Newton is a junior fellow in Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. Her doctoral dissertation is the first ethnographic research on Vietnamese female homosexuality, funded by a Fullbright-Hays doctoral research award.
Nguyen Thu Hu’ o’ng is lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the Vietnam National University, Hanoi. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses focusing on feminist theory, violence, sexual rights and critical development studies, and publishes on the same topics. Her latest publications include the ‘Rape Disclosures: The Interplay of Gender, Culture and Kinship in Contemporary Vietnam’ (Culture, Health and Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care, 2012), and “Whose Weapons? Representations of Rape in the Print Media in Modern Vietnam” (Journal of Vietnamese Studies, 2012).
Mark Pendleton is a lecturer in the School of East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield. His recent publications include the EastAsiaNet Award-winning “Subway to Street: Spaces of Memory, Counter-memory and Recovery in post-Aum Tokyo,” (Japanese Studies, 2011) and the feature article “Some Gays and the Queers,” co-authored with Tanya Serisier (M/C Journal, 2012). He is also the co-editor (with Carolyn D’Cruz) of After Homosexual: The Legacies of Gay Liberation (UWA Publishing, 2013).
Marion Riedel (PhD, LCSW-r) is a social worker who works with people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and that use drugs and alcohol. She is an associate professor at Columbia University School of Social Work and teaches, trains, and lectures nationally on the topic of harm reduction. She has trained staff in numerous CBOs on harm reduction practices, is clinical supervisor for numerous community-based organisations and for LMSW’s seeking to gain their clinical license, and trains extensively on Motivational Interviewing (MI). She also conducts research testing the efficacy of MI with various populations, such as improving motivation for and access to AIDS Clinical Trials for HIV-positive people of color, including women (Project ACT 2); and infusing motivational techniques in a micro-finance training and small loan project for women engaged in sex work in Mongolia. She is also an anti-racist community organiser affiliated with The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and a member of the Northeast Anti-racist Alliance.
Douglas Sanders is professor emeritus, Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia, Vancouver Canada (retired in 2003); Visiting LLM Professor, Faculty of Law, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand (1999—2009); Member of Governing Board, Doctoral Program in Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand. He is a Canadian citizen resident in Thailand. Notable publications include ‘Getting Lesbian and Gay Issues on the International Human Rights Agenda,’ Human Rights Quarterly (1996); ‘377 and the Unnatural Afterlife of British Colonialism in Asia’ Asian Journal of Comparative Law (2009); and ‘Sexual and Gender Diversity,’ in David Forsythe (ed.) Encyclopedia of Human Rights (Oxford, 2009).
Setsu Shigematsu is an associate professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside. She is the author of Scream from the Shadows: The Women’s Liberation Movement in Japan (Minnesota, 2012) and co-editor (with Keith L. Camacho) of Militarized Currents: Towards a Decolonized Future in Asia and the Pacific (Minnesota, 2010).
Katsuhiko Suganuma is lecturer in Humanities at the University of Tasmania. His research interests include queer studies, gender studies, and cultural studies. He is the author of Contact Moments: The Politics of Intercultural Desire in Japanese Male-Queer Cultures (Hong Kong, 2012) and co-editor (with Mark McLelland and James Welker) of Queer Voices from Japan: First Person Narratives from Japan’s Sexual Minorities (Lexington Books, 2007).
Denise Tse-Shang Tang is assistant professor in Sociology at the University of Hong Kong. She is the author of Conditional Spaces: Hong Kong Lesbian Desires and Everyday Life (Hong Kong University Press, 2011). Her articles have been published in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies and the Journal of Lesbian Studies. Current research interests include the attitudes of service providers on LGBT youth who exhibit self-harming behavior and the impact of celebrity culture on Chinese LGBT communities. Tang is also an active core committee member of the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.
Miyume Tanji is a visiting research fellow at the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University. Her publications include Myth, Protest and Struggle in Okinawa (Routledge,
2006) and articles in such journals as Asian Studies Review and Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific.
Laura Cordisco Tsai (Ph. D., MSSW) is a social worker in the field of international development who has worked with women who have been trafficked in Southeast and South Asia for ten years. Her research and practice focuses primarily on the development and evaluation of economic empowerment interventions for formerly trafficked people. She is an Assistant Professor of social work at George Mason University. She serves as the Project Director for Undarga, a randomised evaluation testing the impact of a savings-led microfinance intervention combined with HIV prevention on the sexual risk behavior of women engaged in sex work in Mongolia.
Susan Witte is an associate professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work, associate director of the Columbia University Social Intervention Group (SIG) and on the faculty of the Global Health Research Center for Central Asia. Her research and teaching focuses on the development, testing and dissemination of prevention and treatment interventions targeting the co-occurrence of HIV/STI risk behaviors, substance abuse, interpersonal violence, trauma and related issues among vulnerable populations. Witte’s current work focuses on dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions using multimedia and Internet-based technology to community based agencies; and developing structural HIV/STI risk reduction for street-based sex workers by infusing savings-led microfinance components for economic independence. Witte is an investigator on several NIH-funded research studies. Her work has been presented and published in peer-reviewed venues nationally and globally.
Heung Wah Wong obtained his PhD in Social Anthropology from The University of Oxford in 1996 and is currently the program director of Global Creative Industries, School of Modern Languages and Cultures at The University of Hong Kong. His research interest lies in the study of the globalisation of Japanese companies, popular culture, and pornographic culture. He is the series editor of the Routledge Culture, Society, and Business in East Asia series and of the Global Connections Series (Hong Kong University Press). His major publications include Japanese Bosses, Chinese Workers: Power and Control in a Hong Kong Megastore (Curzon, 1999), Japanese Adult Videos in Taiwan (Routledge, 2014; with H. Y. Yau), ‘Sex as a Ritual: Transforming Women’s Sexual Being from ‘Human-like’ to ‘Animal-like’ in Taiwan’ (with H. Y. Yau; East Asia: An International Quarterly, 2011) and “The ‘Real Core’: The Taste of Taiwanese Men for Japanese Adult Videos” (with H. Y. Yau; Sexualities, 2012).
Mei Ning Yan, BA (HKU), LLB (London, external), LLM (Queen’s, Belfast) and PhD in Law (Essex), has been an associate professor at Shantou University Law School in China since September 2011, teaching media law, law and government in Hong Kong, and IP law. She has also taught at Shantou University Cheung Kong School of Journalism and Communication (2008—11) and Hong Kong Baptist University Department of Journalism (1999—2008), and was a journalist in Hong Kong for fourteen years before joining academia. Publications include chapters in Hong Kong Media Law: A Guide for Journalists and Media Professionals (Hong Kong, forthcoming), ‘Criminal defamation in new media environment: The case of the People’s Republic of China,’ (International Journal of Communication Law and Policy, 2011) and ‘China and the Prior Consent Requirement: A Decade of Invasion and Counter-invasion by Transfrontier Satellite Television’ (Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal, 2003).
Hoi Yan Yau is an associate professor in the Program of International Public Policy, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba where she has been a faculty member since 2011. Yau completed her PhD at University College London and her undergraduate studies at The University of Hong Kong. Her research interests lie in the globalisation ofJapanese pop culture in East Asia, pornographic culture in Taiwan and Hong Kong, sexuality and gender, and Japanese colonialism in Taiwan, and job hunting in Japan. Her recent publications include “Cover Versions in Hong Kong and Japan: Reflections on Music Authenticity” (The Journal of Comparative Asian Development, 2012); “Sex as a Ritual: Transforming Women’s Sexual Being from ‘Human-like’ to ‘Animal-like’ in Taiwan” (with H. W. Wong; East Asia: An International Quarterly, 2011) and “Transnational Japanese Adult Videos and the Emergence of Cable Television in Post-war Taiwan” (with H. W. Wong; The Journal of Comparative Asian Development, 2010).