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New Virtual SUPRAs at NIAS

We are happy to announce that we have resumed the SUPRA programme and reconfigured it to an online format! This means that four students follow a prolonged online programme. It is a great pleasure to welcome:

Jaana Pesonen, MA & MSS, University of Helsinki & University of Lapland
My background in studies and work life is in business management and optimizing costs, systems, organizations (people) etc. I furthered my studies when I got interested in behavioral economics and the effects thereafter on culture in behavior. Currently, I am studying at the university of Helsinki for my MA focusing on matters of South Korea (and Asia) under area and culture research. For my past degrees I have completed student exchanges in Japan and South Korea. For the master's thesis I will be focusing in here is the one I will be doing for the University of Lapland on management under social sciences. My research focuses on how women in South Korea (under 40/35-year old’s) describe their life in the society (dreams, goals, and possibilities regarding work/equality/having children/marriage etc.).


Karo Niza-Kondwa Kankus, MA, Centre of East Asian Studies (CEAS), University of Turku
My name is Karo Kankus and my background is in study of General History from University of Eastern Finland, from where I gained my Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts. Even then I studied Japanese language and culture and my bachelor's thesis was on Finnish military lecture's on Russo-Japanese War. At the moment I study at University of Turku, where I heard a multitude of positive feedback concerning NIAS. After transferring to CEAS iN University of Turku I set out to write a thesis on foreign female sex workers, previously known as "japayuki-san",   and their portrayal in Japanese newspapers. I hope to finish my project by this year's end and have already received tips and interesting feedback from people of NIAS. In the future I hope to contribute further to the field of Asian Studies.


Dosol Lee, MA, Peace and Conflict Transformation, The Arctic University of Norway (UiT)
Dosol Lee's master's degree thesis revolves around the identity politics of the North Korean defectors analyzed from a biopolitical perspective.

Dosol Lee grew up in Seoul, Republic of Korea and completed her B.A. in Scandinavian languages from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS). While pursuing her B.A. degree, she was selected as a student researcher for an interdisciplinary project supported by the Korean Ministry of Education and conducted her independent research (2017) on public educational broadcasters in Korea and Sweden which resulted in 40-page of a research paper. She has been awarded scholarships by the Swedish Women’s Educational Association (2014), the Swedish Institute (2016), and the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (2021).


Simona Siegel, MA, South East Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, SOAS, University of London
Simona graduated from Masaryk University (Czech republic) with a BA degree in Culture Studies of China. During her studies she spent one year studying Chinese language and culture in Beijing and travelling around China and Asia. Currently she is studying an MA South East and Pacific Asian studies at SOAS, University of London. Her research focuses on the ethnography of the Pacific and South East Asia, with the focus on social and family issues in South Korea. Thanks to the SUPRA Nordic scholarship she had an exciting opportunity to work on her dissertation project about the impact of urbanism on Korean families, with the focus on adult Korean women and their gender roles. During the meetings with the experts from NIAS she learnt skills that would be useful in her future career.