Dissertation Project

“Negotiating Sexualities and Masculinities in Transnational Migration: Vietnamese Male Migrants in Contemporary Japan”


  • Liu-Farrer, G. and Tran, A.H. (2019) Bridging the Institutional Gaps: International Education as a Migration Industry. International Migration, doi:10.1111/imig.12543

  • NHK Radio Japan Interview (8/2017) Vietnamese Student Migrants in Japan (Interview in Vietnamese)

Personal Profile

2016 – 2018 M.A. in International Relations
Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University

Thesis Title: “Complex Dependency and Power Asymmetry: The Relationship between Vietnamese Education Brokers and Language Students in Japan”
2010 – 2014 B.A. in International Relations
Faculty of International Politics and Vietnamese Diplomacy, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, Vietnam
12 | 2018 International Workshop: Intimacy, Sexuality and Family in the Process of Migration – European/Asian Experiences Compared, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Presentation: “Negotiating Sexuality – Negotiating Identity: Homosexual Migrants in Japan”
11 | 2018 Doctoral Training Workshop, Ca Foscari University, Italy

Presentation: “Negotiating Sexualities and Masculinities – Vietnamese Male Migrants in Contemporary Japan”
06 | 2017 ARI Migration Industry Conference: Facilitators and Brokerage in Asia, NUS, Singapore.

Presentation: “Brokered Education: The Migration Industry in Student Mobility”
2018 – 2021 AREA Ruhr Doctoral Stipend Award
2016 – 2018 MEXT Scholarship (Monbukagakusho) – Future Leader’s Program for Regional Governance and Cooperation in Asia

Research Interest

  • Transnational migration
  • Transnational sexualities and masculinities
  • Brokerage in migration
  • Student mobility
  • Ethnic culinary entrepreneurship