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Dr. Janet Borland
BA, BSc, MA, PhD Melbourne

Assistant Professor

Email: borland@hku.hk

Janet Borland

Janet Borland is Assistant Professor of the Japanese Studies Programme.

Her research explores how children, schools, and education became a focus of preparedness and resilience in Tokyo following the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake. She is currently completing her book manuscript, Earthquake Children.

Janet first travelled to Japan in 1994 where she spent a year living with host families and attending Ashiya Minami High School in Kobe. Her experience as an exchange student shaped her career trajectory in many unexpected ways, but it was living through the 1995 Hanshin Awaji Earthquake that had the greatest impact. In 1998 she returned to study at Kyoto University and also became a dedicated student of the martial art form iaido.

In addition to articles published in Japanese Studies and Modern Asian Studies, Janet has presented her research at a range of international conferences and workshops in the fields of Japanese history, Asian studies, disaster studies, international education, history of childhood, and architectural history. In 2012 she was awarded the Scott Opler Emerging Scholar Annual Meeting Fellowship at the Society of Architectural Historians 65th Annual Meeting in Detroit.

Research Interests
Modern Japanese History
History of child and youth health in prewar Japan
Natural Disasters and Post-Disaster Reconstruction
Architectural history of schools in Tokyo

- Peer Reviewed Articles
“Voices of Vulnerability and Resilience: Children and their Recollections in Post-Earthquake Tokyo,” Japanese Studies 36, no. 3 (2016): 299-317.​

“Makeshift Schools and Education in the Ruins of Tokyo, 1923,” Japanese Studies 29, no.1 (2009): 135-147.

“Lessons From History for Today and Tomorrow: Disaster Prevention and Education in Japanese Schools Following the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake,” Education Without Borders Conference Proceedings, Abu Dhabi, UAE February 2007, 259-268.

“Capitalising on Catastrophe: Reinvigorating the Japanese State with Moral Values through Education Following the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake,” Modern Asian Studies 40, no. 4 (2006): 875-907.

“Stories of Ideal Japanese Subjects From the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923,” Japanese Studies 25, no. 1 (2005): 21-34.

JAPN1011 Introduction to Japanese Studies
JAPN2089 Twentieth Century Japan: History, State and Society
JAPN2090 Growing Up in Japan: Youth, Culture and Society
JAPN3035 Revolutionary Origins of Modern Japan
JAPN4003 Japan: Earthquake Nation

Contact Details
Office: 537, 5th Floor, Run Run Shaw Tower
E-mail: borland@hku.hk
HKU Scholars Hub: http://hub.hku.hk/rp/rp01486


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