Department of History

Lillian Tsay Tsay

Ph.D. Student
Research Interests Modern Japan and East Asia, history of food, history of the body, business and commercial history, material culture.


My dissertation focuses on the history of sugar and confectionery industries in modern Japan. I am interested in how the production, selling, and consumption of sweetness were intertwined with Japan's governance of the empire, capital, and body politics. My other research interests include gender studies, historical memory, and historical representation in popular culture. Before coming to Brown, I received my B.A. from National Taiwan University and my M.A from the University of Tokyo. I have also worked in Tokyo as a web editor and marketing specialist. 

Read more about Lillian's research in this spotlight interview