Michael Chan

Michael Chan

Visiting Instructor of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Joined Connecticut College: 2016

B.A., Dartmouth College
M.A., Columbia University
M.A., Yale University
Ph.D. (c) Yale University


Japanese Literature

Japanese Film and Visual Culture

Japanese Popular Culture

Representations of Family in Modern Japan

Michael Chan is currently earning his Ph.D. from Yale University. His area of research concerns representations of family in modern and contemporary Japanese literature and film. Broadly, he thinks about the concept of community in Japan as manifested in modern and contemporary Japanese culture, focusing primarily on literature and film.

Chan will be teaching the following courses at Connecticut College:

Controversies in East Asia (Conncourse)
This course takes the topic of “controversy” as its starting point, and “East Asia,” broadly defined, as its context. In this course, students will learn how to analyze arguments that form the basis of controversies regarding the East Asian region, in topics such as politics, religion, gender, race and sexuality.

Virtual Realities in Japanese Culture: First Year Seminar
An examination of the historical discourses of the self within Japanese culture that operate from the 1970s to the present day. We will investigate the ways that Japanese media represents and discusses the body and the self, looking at concrete manifestations of these themes in literature, film, television, anime, manga and video games.

Political Activism, Social Movements, and Media in East Asia
This course examines representation of activism and social movements in China, Korea and Japan. Through the examination of literature, film, comics and television from these countries, the course will interrogate questions of definition, authenticity, class, gender, race and nationality.

Visit the East Asian Languages and Cultures department website. 

Major in East Asian Studies, including Japanese and Chinese languages.

Contact Michael Chan

Mailing Address

Michael Chan
Connecticut College
Box #5617
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320