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Alumni Corner Introduction

The Department of Japanese studies maintains close contact with alumni from both the major and minor programmes. Periodically, the Department organizes gatherings to promote communication between staff and alumni, and between alumni and current students. A mentorship program was launched in 2007 to nurture friendship and cooperation between current students and alumni.

Alumni are welcome to send email to to update their personal contact information.

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Our MAJS Alumni

Cecilia Li

Eco-Friendly Flower Shop (Start-up), Osaka
2020 Global MBA, Doshisha Business School (Japan)
(MAJS Class of 2014)

Whenever talking about MAJS, I was always being reminded of my happy days in CUHK. Among various topics provided by MAJS, what impressed me most was Japanese people’s uniqueness in thinking, in particular aesthetics. MAJS not only broadened my knowledge of Japanese culture, but also enchanted me with a lot of attractions of Japan to an extent that I went to Japan for further study. After graduation from Doshisha Business School in Kyoto in 2020, I started to prepare for setting up my eco-friendly flower shop in Osaka. I am very excited about having a real touch of Japanese’s aesthetics.

Dr. Samantha Ma


Ph.D, University of Sheffield (UK) (2020)
(MAJS Class of 2014)

Owing to my deep fascination with the Japanese language and culture, I pursued a Master’s degree in Japanese Studies at CUHK. This program not only expanded my understanding of Japanese history and culture, but also provided me with the opportunity to connect with fellow classmates who came from diverse backgrounds but shared a similar passion for Japanese language and culture. Coming from a legal background, I have always been intrigued by politics. It was during my MA studies, particularly through a course on international relations of Japan, that I found inspiration to pursue a Ph.D. focused on studying the constitutional revision of Japan. The research conducted for my Ph.D. thesis eventually led to its publication as a book.

Karman Tseung

Marketing specialist in F&B sector and Japan tourism
(MAJS Class of 2014)

I have been in love with the Japanese language and modern culture since secondary school, and I am grateful for the opportunity to pursue my master’s studies at CUHK, where I had the privilege of learning from inspiring lecturers and professors who enlightened me in every way. It was also important to connect with a group of classmates who shared the same enthusiasm for Japanese culture as I do, and build a strong network among us.

After graduating, I spent a year living in Tokyo, where I was able to apply the knowledge and insights gained from my master degree to practical situations. I could effectively integrate what I have learned from my course to enhance my job performance. My enriching experiences at CUHK has equipped me with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in my career path.

Jacky Siu

PhD candidate, Japanese Studies, CUHK (Hong Kong)
(MAJS Class of 2015)

Throughout my studies in MAJS, I found the program comprehensive and interesting. The stereotype of Japan in my mind was completely changed and I had a new scope on traditional and modern culture of Japan. After graduation, I decided to take a PhD program to indulge in researching Japanese intellectual history and philosophy.  During the five-year study career, I was glad to have the opportunity to participate in academic conferences and publish in journals. All these let me understand better the connotation of research and the role of a scholar. These also enhanced the advancement of my mind and thorough detailed thinking.

Heidi Lee

PhD student, Waseda University (Japan)
(MAJS Class of 2019)

Whether you are a would-be Japanese Studies scholar or a Japanese culture enthusiast, this MAJS Programme would definitely quench your thirst for knowledge of the country’s culture and traditions, and help you build a strong foundation in this area of study. The professors’ research interests, academic backgrounds – in Western countries and Japan – and language abilities together made the Department an ideal place for me to pursue my academic passion and prepare for further study.