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Dr Borland, Janet Lorraine

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Assistant Professor

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Dr Borland, Janet Lorraine

Title:
Assistant Professor

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Also Cited As:
Borland, J
Borland, Janet

Professional Qualifications
YearAwarding InstitutionQualification
The University of MelbournePhD
The University of MelbourneMA
The University of MelbourneBSc
The University of MelbourneBA
Biography

Janet Borland is an Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Hong Kong. She is the author of Earthquake Children: Building Resilience from the Ruins of Tokyo, forthcoming with Harvard University Asia Center.

In addition to articles published in leading journals such as Japanese StudiesModern Asian StudiesUrban History, and the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, Janet has presented her research at international conferences and invited seminars in the areas of Japanese history, Asian studies, disaster studies, international education, history of childhood, and architectural history. In 2012 she was awarded the Scott Opler Emerging Scholar Fellowship for her paper presented at the 65thAnnual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Janet has devised courses emanating from her research that use Japan’s seismic past and contemporary leadership in disaster preparedness, as windows for students to experience and learn about Japan’s history, culture, and society. In recognition of her effective and innovative teaching, Janet received a University of Hong Kong 2018 Outstanding Teaching Award and the 2017 Arts Faculty Teaching Excellence Award. Janet’s research and teaching interests inspired her to partner with Mitsubishi Corporation and create the Young Leaders Tour of Japan. She has made a meaningful contribution to student learning and engagement with local communities in Hong Kong and Japan through this experiential learning course taught in areas devastated by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. Owing to her research expertise, the Discovery Channel sought her assistance and commentary for the 2016 documentary “Japan: Designed for Recovery,” which secured 2.7 million viewers.

She has begun two new research projects that explore interactions between people and the natural and built environment: one is a history of Sakurajima’s volcanic eruptions, and the second is a cultural, environmental, and social history of the Japanese crane.

 
Honours, Awards & Prizes
AwardeesAward DateHonours / Awards / PrizesCategory
2018-12-01Outstanding Teaching Award: The University Of Hong Kong
Teaching Accomplishment
2012-04-01Scott Opler Emerging Scholar Award for Best Paper: Society of Architectural Historians 65th Annual Meeting in Detroit
Research Achievement
2017-12-01Faculty Teaching Excellence Award: Faculty of Arts, HKU
Teaching Accomplishment
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Area of Expertise:
Area of Expertise (EN)Area of Expertise (ZH)
Modern Japanese history
History of child and youth health in pre-war Japan natural disasters and post-disaster reconstruction
Spoken Languages:
Spoken Language(s) (EN)Spoken Language(s) (ZH)
Japanese, English日語、英語
Written Languages:
Written Language(s) (EN)Written Language(s) (ZH)
Japanese, English日文、英文
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