Welcome to my castle
My name is Marie, a feminist witch (魔女 ”majo” in Japanese), who lives in Eastern France. I am deeply passionate about feminism and Asia.
I hold an MSc in Asian Politics from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London. In addition, I am studying Japanese and Korean. I wrote my graduation dissertation about abortion politics in Japan and Taiwan, as well as a paper on LGBTQIA+ movements’ strategies in Taiwan and South Korea. These works made me want to dig more into feminist and gender equality issues in Northeast Asia.
*I do not claim to be an expert on the topic.
The Asian culture has been introduced to me by my parents when I was young. Before having me, my parents worked in medical clinics in Cambodia and China for two years and therefore passed me on their love for this part of the globe. Being surrounded by Chinese calligraphy as well as listening to my parents’ stories, I left home at 14 to study Japanese in high school. This love for Asia never left, it actually expanded.
I had the opportunity to live twice in Japan; once in the countryside (in a town called Togane in the Chiba Prefecture) for a university exchange; and a second time in Tokyo for a working holiday visa. My last living experience was shut down by the Covid-19 pandemic. I also thanks to my parents, travelled to many places in Asia (Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Bali in Indonesia, and Vietnam). I have yet many countries to visit and explore, people to meet and I am looking forward to this.
I am now working as a Gender Equality and Sex Education Advisor and Education Assistant in a High School in France. I am aiming at restarting my studies and focusing on journalism.