Friday, November 03, 2017

The Terasaki Center has three outside scholars and professionals visiting UCLA during the 2017 - 2018 academic year.

Sujin Lee
Postdoctoral Fellow

Sujin Lee received her PhD from the Department of History at Cornell University in 2017 and also holds an MA in Japanese History from Yonsei University, Korea. Her research interests encompass the Japanese Empire and its aftermath, Foucauldian biopolitics, population discourses, eugenics, and the relationship between capitalist production and sexual reproduction. Her dissertation, entitled “Problematizing Population: Politics of Birth Control and Eugenics in Interwar Japan” focuses on three strands of inquiry: the reappraisal of eugenics and birth control movements as transnational, scientific discourses on population control during the interwar period; the impacts of multiple population discourses on the reconfiguration of the Japanese population in terms of both quality and quantity, and the target of the government; and the intersection of governmentality, scientific progressivism, and imperialism. At UCLA, she is planning to rewrite her dissertation into a book under the working title Problematic Bodies: Politics of Population Discourses in the Japanese Empire (1918-1945), and teach an undergraduate course about the history of the Japanese Empire particularly focused around the making of scientific knowledge regarding race and gender classifications.



Yuichiro Uno
Visiting Researcher, NHK

Hi. I work for NHK. I produced and directed some documentary programs focused on Japanese culture and developed some reality shows. Now I study new media at the Terasaki Center, especially two directions visual content for using TV broadcasting. If you are interested in Japanese TV programs, dramas, animations, reality shows…Please feel free to talk to me.



Nassrine Azimi
Visiting Scholar

Nassrine Azimi co-founded and currently coordinates the Green Legacy Hiroshima Initiative (, a global campaign to disseminate and plant worldwide seeds and saplings of trees that survived the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

At the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Azimi established the Hiroshima Office for Asia and the Pacific in 2003, and was its first director until 2009. Prior to her work in Hiroshima she had been UNITAR’s coordinator of environmental training programs, deputy to the executive director, and chief of the Institute’s New York Office, which she reopened in 1996 and directed for five years. She is currently a senior advisor at the Institute.

Azimi has published extensively on UN peacekeeping and peace-building, post-conflict reconstruction, environmental and cultural governance, and Asia. Her latest book, released in French, Japanese and English, is about Beate Sirota Gordon and her father Leo, both prominent artistic and cultural figures in Japan and the United States.

Azimi has a doctorate in cultural studies from the Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences, University of Hiroshima, a post-graduate degree in urban studies from the School of Architecture, University of Geneva, an MA in international relations from Geneva’s Graduate Institute of International Studies, and a BA in political science from the University of Lausanne.