Curator of the Japanese Diaspora Initiative
Kaoru “Kay” Ueda (B.A. Kawansei Gakuin University, MBA, University of Chicago, Ph.D., Boston University) has unique experience both in business and academic worlds. Having worked as an analyst in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom and more recently in the specialized library of the International Center for East Asian Archaeology and Cultural History, Boston University, she hopes to bring an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Japanese diaspora and modern Japan and unpack the complex interactive processes between Japan and host countries. She has published in a number of international journals and shed light on overseas Dutch in early modern Indonesia and Japan. She also has extensive experience in organizing scholarly engagement and museum exhibitions. Her bilingual and inter-cultural capacities have helped create the Hoji Shinbun Digital Collection, the world’s largest open-access full-image digital collection of Japanese newspapers published in North America.