Dr Jun Ohashi

Japanese Studies

Room 320
Sidney Myer Asia Centre
Building 158, Parkville Campus
The University of Melbourne

Phone: +61 3 8344 4263
Fax: +61 3 9349 4870
Email: juno@unimelb.edu.au

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Dr Jun Ohashi is a senior lecturer at the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne. He has considerable experience in teaching Japanese at universities in the UK and Australia.  His interest in teaching the language go beyond the learners’ language acquisition. He believes in humanistic values in language education.  His current project: “Integrating international students through languaging” is generously supported by Collier Charitable Fund, and it focuses on intercultural learning which provides both local and international students with ability to question themselves who they are. He is a leading scholar in the study of social meaning of thanking, and the author of a book titled Thanking and politeness in Japanese: Balancing acts in interaction which will be published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Research interests

His research has been concentrated on theoretical and methodological issues of cross-cultural pragmatic research. He is interested in offering a new interpretation of Japanese linguistic politeness phenomena from non-Western perspectives. His on-going research include social meaning of giving, receiving and thanking in Japanese and beyond. His other research interests include gendered and generational variation of speech act realization, and cross-cultural investigation of public signs and exhortations, group identity formation in sports media discourse.

Research in progress

Nationalism and group identity formation in Olympic media discourse

Socially assigned role (tachiba/yaku) and identity

Cultural codes in public signage

International students as metaphors

Research interests

  • Group identities and stereotypes
  • Social categorisation and agency
  • Olympics and nationalism
  • Politeness
  • Face (human behaviours in the presence of other, public image of self)
  • Discourse of International students     
  • Cross-cultural / inter-language pragmatics
  • Social meaning of ‘thanking’    
  • Reciprocity, Balancing acts of debt and credit   
  • Research on language use from non-western perspectives