Dr Tets Kimura

Casual Professional

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Bedford Park (103)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Journalist and interpreter by profession (and photographer and traveller by hobby), Tets Kimura is an interdisciplinary researcher, whose current research activities focus on Asian art and popular culture in modern history and contemporary society, that lead us to (re)map and (re)construct Asian identities. His first book, Exporting Japanese Aesthetics (2020) is published from Sussex Academic Press. He has received research grants, award, and scholarships from eight countries; Australia, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, France, the Netherlands, UK, and US.

  • Doctor of Philosophy (International Relations, Flinders University, 2019)
  • Master of Arts (Journalism, University of South Australia, 2010)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (Philosophy, Flinders University, 2003)
Honours, awards and grants
  • Asia Study Grant (National Library of Australia, 2021)
  • East Asian Popular Culture Association Conference Grant (European Association of Taiwan Studies, 2021)
  • South Australian History Fund (History Trust of South Australia, 2020)
  • Research grant to host the Open Conference on Taiwanese Studies "Unpacking Taiwan" (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan, 2020)
  • ECR Bursary (Oceanic Conference on International Studies, ANU, 2020)
  • International Convention of Asia Scholars Conference Grant (International Institute for Asian Studies, The Netherlands, 2019)
  • AUSIT scholarship for International Japanese-English Translation Conference (Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators, 2019)
  • Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (Flinders University, 2017-2018)
  • Flinders University 2018 Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Best Higher Degree by Research Student Publication
  • Flinders Academic Internship Program (2017)
  • Australian-French Entrepreneurship Challenge (Embassy of France, Australian Academy of Science, 2017)
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (Flinders University, 2013-2016)
  • Paul Varley Award (Japan Studies Association, USA, 2016)
  • Japan Foundation Mini Grant (for inviting Prof Keiji Sawada of Waseda University to Flinders History Seminar, 2016)
  • Photo Exhibition "People in the Himalayas" (Flinders Asia Centre and School of International Studies, 2012)
  • Travel grant and bursary support for the British Centre for Literary Translation Summer School (University of East Anglia, UK, and Nippon Foundation, Japan, 2012)
  • Japan Foundation Travel Support Grant (2010)
  • Scholarship for Pukyong Exchange Program (Pukyong National University, South Korea, and University of South Australia, 2009)
  • In addition, Kimura, as a doctoral candidate, received conference/research scholarships/grants from various organisations including Australian universities (Flinders, Monash, Sydney) and academic organisations (Australian Political Studies Association, Asian Studies Association of Australia, and Japanese Studies Association of Australia) in the 2010s.
Key responsibilities
  • He was a board member of Flinders' Faculty of Social and Behaviour Sciences as PhD representative (2012 - 2014).

Teaching interests
  • Creative Arts (Eg, Fashion and Drama)
  • International Relations
  • Art History
  • Asian Studies
Topic coordinator
INTR2100 Reimagining the Global South
Topic lecturer
INTR2100 Reimagining the Global South
DRAM2104 Asian Dramatic Traditions
Supervisory interests
Asian regionalism
Asian studies
Australian cultural history, performing arts/popular
Creative arts
Creative cultures
Geography and Media
History, international relations
Expert for media contact
International relations
Australia-Japan Relations
Fashion Studies
Soft Power
Taiwanese Identity
Available for contact via
Or contact the media team
+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Asia
  • Culture
  • International relations
  • Japan
  • Media
  • Australia-Japan Relations
  • Fashion Studies
  • Soft Power
  • Taiwanese Identity
Further information

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3271-3542

He will chair the Open Conference on Taiwanese Studies "Unpacking Taiwan: Exploring Taiwanese Studies, Culture and Identity" at Flinders University. The conference was originally scheduled 1 May 2020 but postponed till 2021. The conference is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan.

He chaired the 2018 Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT) National Conference, and is currently working on a special issue of Flinders University Languages Group Online Review (FULGOR) dealing with the conference theme “Intercultural Aspects of Translation, Interpreting and Communication” as a guest editor.

He represented South Australia in two different sports, ultimate frisbee (2003), and judo (1999, 2000). He was the judo state champion (U60) in 2000.

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