Dr Carol POON Man Wai received her PhD (International Cultural Studies) at Tohoku University funded by Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho-MEXT) Scholarship.
After completing her MPhil at the Department of Japanese Studies, HKU; where she researched on Japanese Popular Culture and Globalization funded by HKU studentship. She worked for Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Chinese University of Hong Kong in the subsequent three years, assisted in teaching activities and several research projects especially focusing on cultural studies and globalization. During 2005, she received Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho-MEXT) Scholarship to continue her PhD study at Tohoku University. After receiving her PhD, she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow for Waseda University. And she was a visiting lecturer for City University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong for undergraduate and postgraduate level students. And now she is the Programme Leader for Higher Diploma in Japanese Studies in the Open University of Hong Kong.
Her research work is highly interdisciplinary, drawing on culture studies, gender studies and globalization theory. She also actively participates in research and application for research funding from external sources. On 2012 she was granted by the Japan Foundation Special Grant on the area of Critical Issues Emanating from Japan's March 11th Disasters. (￥1,807,400). And she also taken part in the research project on "Grant-in-Aid for Challenging Exploratory Research" from The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology(MEXT) & Japan Society for the Promotion of Science(JSPS) (￥3,640,000) in 2014. And she also received a research grant from PACRD form the open university of Hong Kong on the project of “Innovation and Social Impact in Higher Education”. And she is also the chair of 11st International Symposium on Japanese Language Education and Japanese Studies.
Teaching Areas & Research Interests
- International Cultural and Japanese Studies
- Comparative Study of Popular Cultures in Hong Kong and Japan
- Media Portrayals of Gender, Race and Ethnicity
- Globalization and Cultural Imperialism
Academic & Professional Experience
FUNDING & AWARD
- Nominated to the “President’s Award for Distinguished Achievement (2019/20)”, The Open University of Hong Kong.
- Teaching Excellence Award 2016-2017, Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education, The Open University of Hong Kong.
- Nominated to the “President’s Award for Distinguished Achievement (2016/17)”, The Open University of Hong Kong.
- May 1, 2016 to 1 July 2017, “Research grant from President’s Advisory Committee on Research and Development (PACRD), The Open University of Hong Kong on the project of “Innovation and Social Impact in Higher Education: Some Lessons from Tohoku University and the Open University of Hong Kong (2015/1.8)”(HK$68,000: Principle Investigator).
- April 28, 2011 to March 31, 2014, "Grant-in-Aid for Challenging Exploratory Research" from The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology(MEXT) & Japan Society for the Promotion of Science(JSPS) (￥3,640,000: Research team member)
- June 2012 – Dec 2013, “Japanese Culture in HK and HK Culture in Japan” Sponsored by Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Leisure and Cultural Services Department. The Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of People’s Republic of China (Research team member).
- December 2011 to 2012, Japan Foundation Special Grant 2011-2012 on the area of Critical Issues Emanating from Japan's March 11th Disasters. (￥1,807,400: Joint grant holder)
- October 2007 to March 2009, Nominated to join the Career Development Program for Foreign Students from Asia 2007 by the Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology (MEXT)
- October 2005 to March 2009, Monbukagakusho (Japanese Government Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology: MEXT) Research Scholarships (Grant holder)
- June 2001 to August 2001, Scholarship, “Japanese Language Program for Postgraduate Students,” Japan Foundation Japanese Language Institute, Kansai, Japan (Grant holder)
- POON, M.W. (2018) Reading Japanese Philosophy through Parasyte: The Paradox of Coexistence. Journal of Japanese Philosophy, 5, 67-78.
- POON, M.W. (2017) Innovation and Social Impact in Higher Education: Some Lessons from Tohoku University and the Open University of Hong Kong. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 5, 139-153.
- POON, M. W., TANG, C. W., & SZETO, S. S. (2016). “Decoding Internet Rumours in the 21st century: An Interdisciplinary Examination of Social Media”. Conference Proceedings Archive of the Conference on Digital Humanities 2015 and Conference on Digital Culture 2015. Hong Kong: The Open University of Hong Kong, 139-158.
- Poon, M.W., Law Kam-yee and Lee Kim-ming (2013). "Challenges to the City Imagineering in Hong Kong: Place Making and Struggle between Globalization and Local Concerns". The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies Volume 7, Illinois: Common Ground Publishing, 1-12.
- POON, M.W. (2013). “An Examination of the Japanese National Consensus to Japan National Education.” In Japan Society of Hong Kong 50th Anniversary Commemorative Volume, Hong Kong: The Japan Society of Hong Kong, 144-148.
- POON, M.W. (2012). “Using New Media in Japanese Classroom: Challenges and Opportunities in Japan and Hong Kong” In TANIKAWA, T., WONG, H.W. & Yau, H.M. (Eds.), Comic and Animation in Asia: New Perspectives, China: Shangdong People Press, 276-300.
- POON, M.W. (2011). “Intra-Communicating of Japan and Hong Kong: A Case Study of Hamazaki Ayumi‟s Blog” In TANIKAWA, T., WONG, H.W. & Wu, Y.M. (Eds.), Transnational Japanese Pop Culture in East Asia, China: Shangdong People Press, 73-88.
- POON, M.W. (2010). Bully or Sufferer? Understanding How Japanese Animation Help to Reconstruct Post War Japan Social Order In TANIKAWA, T., WONG, H.W.& Wu, Y.M. (Eds.), Decoding Sexuality through Sub-culture: Introverting Desire and Circulation, Japan: Seikyusha, 125-142.
- POON, M.W. & Law, K. Y. (2010). Something other than entertainment: A Comparative Study between Japan and Hong Kong on introducing Anime and Manga to classroom. Nihon Gakka No13, Hong Kong: Society of Japanese Language Education, 57-70.
- POON, M.W., NASUKAWA, M., YAMADA, K., TANAKA, M., YOSHITO, T., OISHI, K., et al. (2010). “Discussion Forum: Five years in MAJESTy” In TANIKAWA, T., KOBAYASHI, K., NISHIMURA, Y. & WAKASUGI, N. (Eds.), How to practice science and technology journalism, Tokyo: Tokyo Denki University Press, 246-270.
- POON, M.W. (2009). Experiencing Japan: How Hong Kong Fans Interact and Communicate with Ayu through Internet. In TANIKAWA, T., WONG, H.W. & Wu,Y.M. (Eds.), Spreading Sub Culture: Introverting Desire and Healing, Japan: Seikyusha, 131-148.
- POON, M.W. (2009). High School Girl or OL? The Images of women portrayed in Japanese animation since post war. In Yi X. (Ed), Proceedings of 2009 International Conference on Social Science and Humanities, Singapore: IACSIT Publishing, 95-99.
- POON, M.W. & CHEUNG C. Y. (2008). An Overview of the General Education in Japan: Tohoku University as an example. University General Education Bulletin, 4, 131-147.
- POON, M.W. (2007). Perpetrators or Victim? How Female Images Portrayed in Post War Japanese Animation Help to Rebuild the New Japanese Social Order. Journal of Hong Kong Social Science Studies, 33(Autumn/Winter), 41-58.
Selected Professional & Community Services
- 2018- Now, Member, Panel of Advisors on Film Censorship for the HKSAR
- 2016- Now, President, Society of Intra-Cultural Studies, Hong Kong
- 2016- Now, Executive Committee Member, The Association of TBR Cultural Authentication, Hong Kong
- 2009- Now, Editorial Committee Member, Nihon Gakkan, Society of Japanese Language Education Hong Kong, Hong Kong
- 2009- Now, Editorial Committee Member, International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology, Singapore
Modified Date: May 09, 2020