Mei-Yi Kuo


I am a doctoral candidate in East Asian Studies. I read English Language and Literature at a university in Taiwan and completed an MA in Japanese Studies at the University of Leeds. This was followed later by a CertTESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Trinity London, then a TCYL (Teaching Chinese to Young Learners), and finally a TCSOL (Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages).

Research interests

My thesis explores the role of children’s literature, framed by the textbooks, in “shaping the ideal child” at state primary schools (Kōgakkō) in colonial Taiwan. Through analysing textbooks as the modern invention of children’s literature and teaching material, I aim to investigate and explore how the ideologies in text and languages (Japanese and Sinitic) influenced and shaped the young generation. My research interests concern children's literature, languages and education, focusing on colonial Taiwan during Japanese rule (1895-1945).


  • MA Japanese Studies, University of Leeds
  • BA English Language and Literature, Aletheia University

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for World Literatures