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Sachie Banks

Visiting Lecturer

Ph.D. in Education from University of London

Sachie received her Ph.D. in Education from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2013. Her research interests are the impact of culture upon communication, intercultural adjustments of university students, and culture in Japanese language education and contemporary Japanese literature and movies. She started her academic career teaching Japanese as a foreign/second language. Later she expanded her research with a focus on Ethnography and Cross-Cultural Psychology in educational settings, exploring why misunderstandings could occur between learners of Japanese and Japanese speakers and how educators could support them to bridge the gap. She has published articles in top global outlets such as the Journal of Intercultural Communication and presented her work at a number of international conferences, such as the International Academy of Intercultural Research.

Her recent teaching interests are analyzing Japanese literature and movies from sociocultural and literary perspectives. Her focus is the literature connected to the world of contemporary Japan written by Kaori Ekuni, Sayaka Murata, Hiromi Kawakami, and Haruki Murakami as well as the movies directed by Hayao Miyazaki and Mamoru Hosoda. She is also passionate to promote global awareness and inclusivity in language and cultural education, inviting both Japanese and non-Japanese students to collaboratively work towards common goals.

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