Fuyubi Nakamura

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Anthropology of art
museum studies (working as curator at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC)
material and visual culture
Contemporary Japanese calligraphy
Indigenous cultures, especially Ainu
disaster and memory, especially in the context of the Great East Japan Earthquake (3.11).
contemporary Asian art and culture

Relevant Thesis-Based Degree Programs

Affiliations to Research Centres, Institutes & Clusters

Research Options

I am interested in and conduct interdisciplinary research.

Research Methodology

Collaborative research
International research
Object based research


Master's students
Doctoral students

I am a socio cultural anthropologist, but am not a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology and cannot supervise students in that department. I am a faculty member in the Department of Asian studies and supervise students in the graduate programs in Asian studies. 

I am interested in supervising students to conduct interdisciplinary research.

Complete these steps before you reach out to a faculty member!

Check requirements
  • Familiarize yourself with program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit the graduate degree program listing and program-specific websites.
  • Check whether the program requires you to seek commitment from a supervisor prior to submitting an application. For some programs this is an essential step while others match successful applicants with faculty members within the first year of study. This is either indicated in the program profile under "Admission Information & Requirements" - "Prepare Application" - "Supervision" or on the program website.
Focus your search
  • Identify specific faculty members who are conducting research in your specific area of interest.
  • Establish that your research interests align with the faculty member’s research interests.
    • Read up on the faculty members in the program and the research being conducted in the department.
    • Familiarize yourself with their work, read their recent publications and past theses/dissertations that they supervised. Be certain that their research is indeed what you are hoping to study.
Make a good impression
  • Compose an error-free and grammatically correct email addressed to your specifically targeted faculty member, and remember to use their correct titles.
    • Do not send non-specific, mass emails to everyone in the department hoping for a match.
    • Address the faculty members by name. Your contact should be genuine rather than generic.
  • Include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. The supervision enquiry form guides you with targeted questions. Ensure to craft compelling answers to these questions.
  • Highlight your achievements and why you are a top student. Faculty members receive dozens of requests from prospective students and you may have less than 30 seconds to pique someone’s interest.
  • Demonstrate that you are familiar with their research:
    • Convey the specific ways you are a good fit for the program.
    • Convey the specific ways the program/lab/faculty member is a good fit for the research you are interested in/already conducting.
  • Be enthusiastic, but don’t overdo it.
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These videos contain some general advice from faculty across UBC on finding and reaching out to a potential thesis supervisor.


  • A Future for Memory (2021)
    Museum of Anthropology at UBC,
  • Hokkaidō 150 (2019)
    Critical Asian Studies, 51 (4), 597--636
  • Traces of Words (2017)
    Figure 1 Publishing and Museum of Anthropology at UBC,
  • (In)visible (2016)
    Museum of Anthropology at UBC,
  • Asia through Art and Anthropology (2013)
    Bloomsbury Academic,
  • Memory in the debris (2012)
    Anthropology Today, 28 (3), 20--23
  • Traces of Time, Traces of Words (2011)
    The National Museum of Oriental Art, Buenos Aires,
  • Ephemeral but Eternal Words (2010)
    The Australian National University School of Art Gallery,
  • Creating or Performing Words? (2007)
    Creativity and Cultural Improvisation ,

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