Fiona-Katharina Seiger

Fiona-Katharina Seiger

Asia Research Institute, NUS


Fiona-Katharina Seiger obtained her PhD (2014) from the Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore. Her research centres on young migrants, citizenship claims and “mixed” ethnic identities. For her research projects, Fiona conducted extensive fieldwork in Japan and the Philippines.

In her doctoral thesis, she explored the material dimensions of ethnic identity constructions and identity claims through the study of Japanese-Filipino children in the Philippines and of the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) advocating on their behalf. Fiona examined the construction of the “JFC”, the Japanese-Filipino Child, through NGO discourses as well as the mobilization of Japanese-Filipino children’s Japanese descent in claims-making and in struggles over resources.

During her post-doc at the Kyoto University Center for Southeast Asian Studies (Japan), Fiona focused on how Japanese-Filipino children and youth reconfigured their ethnic identifications upon migration to Japan.  Her research was published in Mixed Race in Asia (2017), edited by Zarine L. Rocha and Farida Fozdar, in the journal Critical Asian Studies (2017) and is forthcoming in Social Identities.

Currently, Fiona works as a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Migration and Intercultural Studies (CeMIS) at the University of Antwerp (Belgium), where she is an active consortium member of the Horizon 2020-funded project CROSS-MIGRATION and co-editor of the upcoming book Migration at Work: Opportunities, Imaginaries &Structures of Mobility.

She was a recipient of the Asia Research Institute (ARI) Graduate Student Scholarship, two Japan Foundation Grants, and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences (JSPS) Post-Doctoral Fellowship.