An Huy Tran

Dissertation project

“Transnational Migration as Sexual and Masculine Strategy: Male Vietnamese Migrants in Contemporary Japan”

Supervisors: Prof. Karen Shire Ph.D., Prof. Dr. Christine Moll-Murata

Research focus

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

Personal profile


2016–2018M.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”
2010–2014B.A. in International Relations, Faculty of International Politics and Vietnamese Diplomacy, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, Vietnam


12.2018International 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”
11.2018Doctoral Training Workshop, Ca Foscari University, Italy
Presentation: “Negotiating Sexualities and Masculinities – Vietnamese Male Migrants in Contemporary Japan”
06.2017ARI Migration Industry Conference: Facilitators and Brokerage in Asia, NUS, Singapore.
Presentation: “Brokered Education: The Migration Industry in Student Mobility”


2018–2021AREA Ruhr Doctoral Stipend Award
2016–2018MEXT Scholarship (Monbukagakusho) – Future Leader’s Program for Regional Governance and Cooperation in Asia

Academic role

052020–presentDeputy Convenor – Vietnamese Studies Research Snapshot Webinar Series


  • 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)

Conferences and talks

  • “Boundaries of Sexual Mobilities: Vietnamese Migrant Men in Contemporary Japan”. “On the Boundaries of Here and Now” International Symposium. Ca’ Foscari University, Online. 5 February 2021.
  • “Liberal Japan and Oppressive Vietnam? The Circular Migration of Queer Vietnamese Migrants”. 14th Annual Conference on Asian Studies (ACAS), Online. 21 November 2020.
  • “Transnational Positionality as a Toolkit in Researching Contemporary Asian Transnational Migration”. Facing Methodological Challenges in Asian Studies International Workshop. Zurich University, Online. 19 November 2020.
  • “Towards a Transnational Sexual Field: Male Vietnamese Migrants in Contemporary Japan”, DIJ Lecture Series on Sexualities in East Asia. German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo. 9 June 2020. Link