Mikiko Ashikari Soga
Mikiko Ashikari Soga teaches Japan 80: an introductory course to Japanese culture. She received her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge in 2001. Her publications include “Japanese Women and their White Faces: Gender, Ideology and Representation” (Ethos 2003) and “Cultivating Japanese Whiteness: the Whitening Cosmetics Boom and the Japanese Identity” (Journal of Material Culture 2005). She was awarded the Daiwa Japan Forum Prize for her article “The Memory of the White Face: Japaneseness and the Ideal Image of Women” (Japan Forum 2003). She also translated a book on social theory: “How Societies Remember - shakai wa ikani kiokusuruka” (Shinyo-sha 2011). Her current research focuses on new meanings of Japanese traditions in the context of globalization.