Meet the Affiliates



Who are the the csgj student affiliates? Our affiliates are student leaders who support the mission of the centre by fostering greater understanding of contemporary japan.

Interested in joining us as a student affiliate? Click here for more info!


Katie BoliSsian

1st Year Master of Public Policy

Fun fact about Katie: 

“My favourite artist of all time is Utagawa Hiroshige!”   



Vanessa Biklo

4th Year Political Science Specialist

Fun fact about Vanessa:

“On a trip to Europe a few years ago I went sky diving over Portugal! It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.”



Christal Cheng

4th Year Specialist in International Relations, Minors in Contemporary Asian Studies & Political Science

Fun fact about Christal:

“I’m tempted to order absolutely everything from a matcha café menu!!”

See Christal’s publications HERE



4th Year Double Major in Political Science and American Studies

Fun fact about Cheryl:

“I run a handmade soap business with my mom during the holiday season!”

See Cheryl’s publications HERE




3rd Year Major in Public Policy with Minors in Political Science & Sociology

Fun fact about Taisei:

“I work a part time job at the Ontario Court of Justice!”



Jenny Liu

4th Year Double Major in Political Science and Economics

Fun fact about Jenny:

“I am into Japanese Street fashion and I make videos on Japanese Street fashion ideas during my spare time.”

See Jenny’s publications HERE


Erica Matsui

3rd Year Major in Diaspora & Transnational Studies with Minors in Human Geography & Economics

Fun fact about Erica:

“I am on the U of T Synchronized Swimming Team!”

See Erica’s publications HERE


Arnaud nsamirizi

1st Year Master of Global Affairs

Fun fact about Arnaud:

“I bartend and serve in an Izakaya (a Japanese pub)!”



Aisha Shafaqat

4th Year Political Science Specialist

Fun fact about Aisha:

“I love hiking (when the weather permits) and most outdoor activities!”

See Aisha’s publications HERE



Abena Somiah

4th Year Double Major in Contemporary Asian Studies and Diaspora and Transnational Studies with a minor in Political Science

Fun fact about Abena:

“I am an international student from Ghana, and a fun fact about me is that I am a polyglot!”



Una Vulevic

2nd Year Double Major in Political Science and European Studies

Fun fact about Una:

“I spend my days reading, baking, and watching whatever’s new on Netflix!”

See Una’s publications HERE



Brian Wu

4th Year Double Major in International Relations and History 

Fun fact about Brian:

“I love learning new languages in my free time!”

See Brian’s publications HERE




Our student affiliate alumni

Bailey Irene Midori Hoy

University of Toronto ’21

Fun fact about Bailey:

“I’ve won championships at the national and provincial levels for sprint canoe racing!”



anvesh Jain

University of Toronto ’21

Fun fact about Anvesh:

“Even though I’m a vegetarian, “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” is one of my favourite films.”




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