Department of International Studies: Languages and Cultures

Dr Mio Bryce

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Senior Lecture, Head, Japanese Studies
PhD (Syd)

Macquarie University
North Ryde, NSW 2109, Australia



Mio Bryce is Head of Japanese Studies and has been developing and teaching Japanese language, literature and manga/anime, including courses "JPS124: Manga and Japanese Contemporary Culture," "JPS324: Manga and anime as Global Imagery," JPS222 Exploring Japanese Literature and ""JPS223 Intertextuality and the Tale of Genji",  aiming at capturing and magnifying undergraduate students' passion for Japanese culture and language. 

Mio is the author of more than 30 articles and book chapters on topics ranging from the teaching and learning of Japanese as a second language, to children's literature, to anime and manga as integral to youth identity and youth cultures.

Mio's research interests include second language learning, children's literature, and anime and manga as popular cultural expressions of contemporary Japanese life. However, her research always centres on human relationships with self, others and their surroundings. Recently she has been exploring the significance of fiction in Japan as an effective medium for expressions of individuality regarding political and social views such as ecological issues that are otherwise easily suppressed in a society where conformity and contextual appropriation prevail. Mio is currently undertaking research on Japan's pressing social issues such as youth poverty and hardships in the post Great East Earthquake in 2011.

Mio has been a member of Macquarie University Ethics Committee since 2010 and was included in the Executive group from 2015.

Mio has obtained her PhD in Japanese classical literature, The Tale of Genji, from the University of Sydney.

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Postgraduate Supervision

Principal Supervisor - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Alison Luke - Encroaching from the periphery: Successful Female Politicians as "Outliers" in Japanese Politics
  • Sung-Ae Lee - Representations of Displacement and Liminality as a Form of Social Interrogation in Korean Literature, Film and TV Drama (near completion)
  • Christie Lee Barber - Representing Masculinities in Japanese Film and Television (completed)
  • Damien Liu-Brennan - Edo no hanabi : the Japanese observance of 'fire-flowers' and the birth of a distinct seasonal fireworks culture (Completed)

Final Principal Supervisor - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Phong Tran- Title of Thesis: Cultural factors and Japan's globalization of enterprise-level business software systems (Completed)

Associate Supervisor - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Simon Regin Paxton - Tackling the Kanji Hurdle: An investigation of kanji order and its role in facilitating the kanji learning process (Completed)

Principal Supervisor - Master of Research (MRes)

  • Sharon Patricia Wardle - "Tanizaki's first Genji translation: adaptation and survival of a Japanese literary masterpiece in the early Shōwa Period"

Final Principal Supervisor - Master of Philosophy

  • Glenn Hunt - Plantations, deforestation and forest sector aid interventions: An analysis of Japanese plantations as foreign direct investment in central Lao PDR (Completed)

Principal Supervisor - Master (Honours)

  • Atsuko Nakazaki - "Conflicts in Ariyoshi's work 有吉作品における対立の役割と意味" (Completed)

Final Principal Supervisor - Master (Honours)

  • Joel Anthony Hurley - Barriers faced by Primary School Japanese language teachers when implementing a language program (Completed)

Principal Supervisor - Honours

  • Alison Luke - Historical and Social Influences on the Changing Role of Japan's Prime Ministers (Completed)
  • Tara O'Donnell - Women Wanted:  The Japanese Modan Garu in Advertising in the 1920's (Completed)
  • Lenny Ohye  - Staring at the Sky: identity and social expectations in manga and anime (Completed)
  • Katherine Brownlee - The Role of Textbooks in Developing Intercultural Competence in Japanese: a comparative study of Genki I and Nakama I (Completed)
  • Amy Plumb  - Girls Who Like Boys Who Love Boys: What's the Fascination with Male Homosexual Manga? (Completed)
  • Sim Van  - Shōjos, Witches and Forbidden Women: The portrayal of female characters in selected Hayao Miyazaki's works in contrast to the traditional role and representation of women in Japanese society (Completed)
  • Sakiko Suzuki - Laughter produced by gag in Japanese children's manga magazine (Completed)

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Book Chapters

Bryce, Mio (2014). Pollyanna: Transformation in the Japanese Context. In Roxanne Harde and Lydia Kokkola (eds), Eleanor H. Porter's Pollyanna: A Children's Classic at 100, The University Press of Mississippi, pp.227-245.

Bryce, Mio (2012). Diffused Reflection of Body Imageries: Dolls as Humans and Humans as Dolls. In Liam Semler, Bob Hodge & Philippa Kelly eds., What is the Human?: Australian Voices from the Humanities, Australian Scholarly Publishing, pp.65-81.

Bryce, Mio (2012). All is Relative, Nothing is Reliable: Inuyasha and Japanese Subjectivities. In Stephens, John (Ed) Subjectivity in Asian Children's Literature and Film: Global Theories and Implications, New York and London, Routledge, Chapter 10, pp. 163-80.

Bryce, Mio; Barber, Christie & Plumb, Amy (2012). Manga and anime: fluidity and hybridity in global imagery. In Timothy Iles & Peter Matanle (eds), Researching twenty-first century Japan: new directions and approaches for the electronic age, Lexington Books,  Lanham, Maryland, pp. 323-342.

Davis, Jason, Barber, Christie & Bryce, Mio (2010). Why do they look white?. In Josef Steiff and Adam Barkin, Manga and Philosophy, Chicago: Open Court, pp.283-296.

Bryce, Mio & Davis, Jason (2010). An overview of Manga Genres. In Toni Johnson-Woods (ed.), Manga: An Anthology of Global and Cultural Perspectives, Continuum, pp.34-61.

Bryce, Mio (2010). A Look at Hikawa Ky¿ko's Kanata kata. In Toni Johnson-Woods (ed.), Manga: An Anthology of Global and Cultural Perspectives, Continuum, pp.135-156.

Barber, Christie; Bryce, Mio and Davis, Jason (2010). 'The Making of Killer Cuties. In Josef Steiff  and Tristan D. Tamplin (Eds), Anime and Philosophy: Wide Eyed Wonder, Open Court, Chicago and LA Salle, Illinois, pp.13-25.

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Refereed Articles

Bryce, Mio and Davis, Jason (2015 forthcoming). "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)". Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities.

Bryce, Mio and Davis, Jason (2015 forthcoming). "Mushishi". Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities.

Bryce, Mio; Matthews, Nicole and  Takeyama, Yuki (2014). Visualising 'unacceptable' lives? The moving story of Hikari to tomo ni [With the light: raising an autistic child] (2001-2010)Portal : journal of multidisciplinary international studies, 11:2, (2014), p.1-21

Bryce, Mio (2012). Images of a Greek Goddess in anime : Athena and Nausicaä in Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Modern Greek studies (Australia and New Zealand), Special edition, p.379-394.

O'Malley, Rebecka & Bryce, Mio (2012). Fantasy Can Speak the Truth: Focusing on the Manga Series, "Fruits Basket. The International Journal of Learning, 18:9, pp.81-90.

Bryce, Mio & Plumb, Amy (2012). Mushishi: Post Modern Representation of Otherness in and outside Human Bodies. International Journal of the Humanities, 9:11, pp.111-120.

Ku, Poon Lung Ku and Bryce, Mio (2011). Socio-Cultural Support for Children with Autistic Disorders and Their Families: Japanese and Australian Contexts. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 5:9, pp.491-504.

Bryce, Mio; Cheung, Paul; and Gutierrez, Anna Katrina (2010). Clones, Hybrids and Organ Transplants in Manga and Anime. The International Journal of the Humanities, 8:5, pp.279-290.

Bryce, Mio; Barber, Christie; Kelly, James; Kunwar, Siris and Plumb, Amy (2010). Manga and Anime: Fluidity and Hybridity in Global Imageryelectronic journal of contemporary japanese studies, Article 1 in 2010.

Liu-Brennan, Damien and Bryce, Mio (2010). Japanese Fireworks (Hanabi): The Ephemeral Nature and Symbolism. The International Journal of the Arts in Society, 4:5, pp. 189-201.

Murakami, Satsuki and Bryce, Mio (2009). Manga as an Educational Medium, The International Journal of the Humanities, 7:10, pp.47-55.

Bryce, Mio & Katayama, Hanae (2008). Performativity of Japanese LaughterThe International Journal of the Humanities, 6:9, pp.125-132.

Brownlee, Katherine & Bryce, Mio (2008). Dialogue in Translation: The Nightrunner Series from English to Japanese. The International Journal of the Humanities, 6:12, pp.29-36.

Bryce, Mio; Davis, Jason and Barber, Christie Lee Barber (2008). The Cultural Biographies and Social Lives of Manga: Lessons from the Mangaverse. SCAN Journal of media arts culture, 5:2.

Bryce, Mio (2008). Ayashi no Ceres: Mythological Past and Present in Manga and Anime. The Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, pp.78-95.

Bryce, Mio (2008). White Wings and Black Wings: Ambiguous Dichotomy in Manga and Anime. The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, 7:6, pp.295-302.

Davis, Jason & Bryce, Mio (2008). I Love you as you are: Marriages between Different Kinds. The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, 7:6, pp.201-210.

Bryce, Mio (2007). Another Half and/or Another Individual: Representation of Twins in Manga. The International Journal of the Humanities, 5:11 pp.143-152.

McArthur, Ian and Bryce, Mio (2007). Names and Perspectives in Sute-Obune: A Meiji-era Adaptive Translation of the Mary Braddon Mystery Novel, Diavola. The International Journal of the Humanities, 5:3, pp.141-151.

Bryce, Mio (2006). Fashioning a Spiritual Self in a Rational and Technological Society: Cultural Dichotomies in the Japanese animation Kiki's Delivery Service. CREArTA, pp.45-56.

Bryce, Mio (2006). Anime Haibane Renmei (Charcoal Feather Federation): An Enclave for the Hurt, Alienated Souls. Papers: Explorations into Children's Literature, 16:2, pp.71-76.

Bryce, Mio & Davis, Jason (2006). Manga/Anime, Media Mix: Scholarship in a Post-Modern, Global Community. In Michael Atherton ed., CAESS (the College of Arts, Education and Social Sciences) Conference: Scholarship & Community, University of Western Sydney, pp.1-10.

Bryce, Mio (2006) "Cuteness Needed: The New Language/Communication Device In A Global Society", International Journal of the Humanities, 2:3, pp. 2265-2275.

Megumi Sata Khan & Mio Bryce (2005). Beyond right and wrong: An innovative approach to teaching Japanese particles using animation. In Barbara Bourke ed. Innovative Practice in Japanese Language Education Queensland University of Technology, pp.1-16.

Bryce, Mio (2005). 'School' in Japanese children's lives depicted in manga. AARE Conference 2004 - Melbourne.

Bryce, Mio & Stephens, John (2005). Japanese popular culture and character fashioning: the quest for subjective agency in the animated films, Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind and Perfect Blue. International Journal of the Humanities, 1, pp.311-321.

Stephens, John and Bryce, Mio (2004). Nothing dirty about turning on a machine" - Loving your Mechanoid in Contemporary Manga. Papers: Explorations Into Children's Literature, 14:2, pp.44-52.

Bryce, Mio (2004). Visuality of writing in our modern world of multimedia and mass communication: focusing on the written Japanese. Marking Our Differences: Languages in Australian and New Zealand Universities, pp.238-254.

Bryce, Mio (2003). Defining the doctorate with Asian research students. In AARE Mini-conference 2003 Conference papers, Australian Association for Research in Education.

Ashiabor, Hope, Taplin, Ros; Bryce, Mio; Kefallinos, Elizabeth & Reid, Anna, (2003). Redefining our experiences of research through the integration of multiple perspectives for the development of postgraduate student research capacity. In AARE Mini-conference 2003 Conference papers.

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Other Publications

Bryce, Mio and Davis, Jason, (2012). A book Review: Mechademia 4: War/Time.  Asian Studies Review, Vol. 36, pp. 131-133.

Bryce, Mio (2011). Outside Stories: Manga on the Margins. Metro Magazine, 171 (Summer 2012), pp.132-135

Bryce, Mio (2010). Manga and anime throw light on modern realities. Asian Currents, The Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA), pp.17-19.

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Other Activities include:

Bryce, Mio and Alice Maher (2015). "Evolution of Cats in Japanese Imagery" in  Smash! Sydney, Manga and Anime Show.

Bryce, Mio and Amy Plumb, Alice Maher, Sarah Laverty (2014). "The old is the new: wearing Yukata and appreciating Hanabi (fireworks)" and "Evolution of Cats in Japanese Imagery" in  Smash! Sydney, Manga and Anime Show.

Interview for "Sexually explicit Japan manga evades new laws on child pornography" on CNN News, 18 June 2014 (

Bryce, Mio, Amy Plumb and Tel Porter (2013). "Rurouni Kenshin: where the spirits of the past and the future meet" & "Evolution of cats in Japanese imagery" Panel discussions in Smash! Sydney, Manga and Anime Show.

Bryce, Mio (2011). "Manga: Empathetic media expressing the pain of the individual", The Japan Foundation, Sydney Japan foundation lecture, 18 May 2011.

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