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Research interests

Mio's research interests include second language learning, children's literature, and anime and manga as popular cultural expressions of contemporary Japanese life. However, her research is principally centred on human relationships with self, others and their surroundings. Recently she has been exploring the significance of fiction in Japan as an effective medium for expressions of individuality regarding political and social views such as ecological issues that are otherwise easily suppressed in a society where conformity and contextual appropriation prevail. Mio is currently undertaking research on Japan's pressing social issues such as youth poverty and hardships in the post Great East Earthquake of 2011.


Mio Bryce is Head of Japanese Studies and has been developing and teaching a diverse range of units including Japanese language (from Introductory to Advanced), literature, manga/anime and popular culture, as well as a PACE unit, aimed at capturing and magnifying students' passion for Japanese culture and language.


Over the years, Mio has singularly or collaboratively, developed and taught many courses, including JPS101/102: Introductory Japanese I & II, JPS201/202: Intermediate Japanese I & II, JPS301/302: Advanced Japanese I & II, JPS124: Manga and Japanese Contemporary Culture, JPS224: Manga and Representation of Identity, JPS324: Manga and anime as Global Imagery, JPS222: Exploring Japanese Literature, JPS223: Intertextuality and the Tale of Genji", JPS350: Japanese Studies Project, and recently JPNS360: Working with and for People in Japan.

Research student supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Sung-Ae Lee - Representations of Displacement and Liminality as a Form of Social Interrogation in Korean Literature, Film and TV Drama (PhD, 2015)
  • Christie Lee Barber - Representing Masculinities in Japanese Film and Television (PhD, 2015)
  • Damien Liu-Brennan - Edo no hanabi : the Japanese observance of 'fire-flowers' and the birth of a distinct seasonal fireworks culture (PhD, 2013)
  • Phong Tran- Title of Thesis: Cultural factors and Japan's globalization of enterprise-level business software systems (PhD, 2008 )
  • Sharon Patricia Wardle - "Tanizaki's first Genji translation: adaptation and survival of a Japanese literary masterpiece in the early Shōwa Period" (Master of Research, 2015)
  • Glenn Hunt - Plantations, deforestation and forest sector aid interventions: An analysis of Japanese plantations as foreign direct investment in central Lao PDR (Master of Philosophy, 2012)
  • Joel Anthony Hurley - Barriers faced by Primary School Japanese language teachers when implementing a language program (Master of Honours, 2008)
Associate Supervisor
  • Simon Regin Paxton - Tackling the Kanji Hurdle: An investigation of kanji order and its role in facilitating the kanji learning process (PhD, 2015 )


Community engagement

Mio is interested in supporting popular culture events and has been regularly invited to hold discussion panels at Animania (2008-11) and Smash! Sydney, Manga and Anime Show (2013-18). A number of her students have also participated as panellists or attended as part of the audience.

Mio has singularly or co-authored 12 entries in the Planetary Republic of Comics (http://professorlatinx.com/planetary-republic-of-comics/).

Mio gave a lecture "Manga: Empathetic media expressing the pain of the individual" at The Japan Foundation, Sydney on 18 May 2011.

Education/Academic qualification

Japanese classical literature, PhD, University of Sydney

Award Date: 6 Apr 2001


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