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Eiji Okawa BA (UBC), MA (UBC), PhD (UBC)
Born and raised on an island of olives and soy sauce in western Japan, Eiji Okawa researches the social and cultural history of Japan with a special interest in the interplays among sense of place, communal practice, and the construction of political power. After completing his doctorate study in Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia, he has worked as a postdoctoral researcher with Landscapes of Injustice, a collaborative research project on the dispossession of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. He thus studies both premodern Japan as well as modern transnational history. As enthralled by medieval temple documents as the writings of Japanese migrants in twentieth-century Canada, Eiji also teaches skiing and enjoys cycling the neighbourhood with his kids in East Vancouver.