Grace En-Yi Ting

Assistant Professor & Postgraduate Coordinator, Gender Studies Programme


Dr. Grace En-Yi Ting specializes in queer/feminist approaches to Japanese literary and cultural studies, with an emphasis on women writers in the modern period and girls’ culture. She is currently working on a book manuscript titled Minor Intimacies: Queerness, the Normative, and the Everyday in Contemporary Japan, examining femininities and queer potentialities within literary as well as subcultural representations of daily life in post-1980’s Japan. Recently, she is interested in finding methodologies and forms of collaboration to situate Japanese texts and discourses within the broader contexts of queer Asian studies and Asian American studies. From 2018-2020, she is serving as co-chair of the Society for Queer Asian Studies (SQAS), an affiliate of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS). Before joining HKU, she taught at Oberlin College and was a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) postdoctoral fellow at Waseda University.

Research Interests

  • Japanese literature
  • Women writers
  • Girls’ culture
  • Queer Asian studies


B.A., Wellesley College

M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

Selected Publications

  • “Ekuni Kaori’s Tears in the Night: The Brilliance of Queer Readings for Contemporary Japan.” Journal of Japanese Studies (forthcoming, 2021).
  • “The Desire and Disgust of Sweets: Consuming Femininities through Shōjo Manga.” U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal 54 (2018): 52-74.


GEND1001. Introduction to Gender Studies

GEND2001. De-colonizing gender