Our Project Staff

Dr Debbie Chan

(Centre Manager / Curtin University)

Dr Debbie Chan is Centre Manager of the Korea Research Centre of Western Australia. Debbie assists with maintaining the Centre’s social media content; organising and coordinating Centre activities such as workshops, seminar series, and conferences; and engaging with Centre-related external projects and activities.

Debbie has recently completed her PhD in Asian Studies at the University of Western Australia. Her thesis is entitled “The Modern Boy as a “Zero”: Contesting the Meaning of Modern Masculinity in Interwar Japan”. It explores the modern boy as a new type of modern masculinity through his discursive constructions in the visual and literary culture of early twentieth-century Japan. Her future research interests include exploring transnational flows of the modern boy discourse in China, Korea, and Japan, and how geopolitical relations and tensions between these three countries impact on the local construction of gender and national identity in culturally and historically-specific ways.