Educator & Convention Panelist— Japan • Popular Culture • Media • Digitalization
Writer— LGBTQ Media • Fiction • Comics


My name is Aeric.  (´・ω・) hello.

Like a number of US kids out of the 80's, I grew up consuming a large amount of fictional and animated media, but didn't realize until an older age that a lot of it was not originally produced in my country. I fall under the generation that has lived both sides of the digital divide and the more I was exposed via digitalization, the more access I had to the world. I wanted to know more about culture and media— why it was being localized for broadcasting, what was the original culture's narrative, why were people connecting over this media, and so on.  

During a Japanese Studies degree and studying/living/researching in Japan, my academic interests centered around Japan, global education, and how people learned from community. I traveled through thirteen (plus) countries to gain a deeper understanding of culture and education, but found a stronger connection through media we all knew and consumed— anime and manga. It was in a cafe in Finland, chatting with friends over our favorite Japanese series, that I realized I needed to do more with this globally recognized subculture.

I moved on to complete a research based Master's degree (M.A.Ed.H.D.) in International Education and Intercultural Communication, producing research that would address how we learn through media and how it shapes societies and identities. While I worked with hoards of students in study abroad and exchange programs, they often talked about how digitalized media was an educational resource outside of the classroom, allowed them to discover parts of their own identities, and connected them with others. It solidified my research interests in the effects of media over society, culture, identity, and education.

Panelling at conventions and events brought my research to the subculture from which it originated. I've been presenting to students and attendees on the unique intersections of all of my favorite topics: Japan, intercultural communication, digitalization, media, popular culture, and fandom. It's fueled my goals for research and scholarship, leading me to pursue a PhD. While simultaneously meeting amazing scholars and creators, I began writing LGBTQ narratives into fiction and comics on the side. Thus my journey has taken me from consuming media to examining it to creating it to repeating that happy and ever-evolving cycle. 


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