Y.A. (Olivia) Dung

  • PhD student
  • Taiwanese Studies

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 3520
E-Mail: y.a.dung@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SAS Japan
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
Matthias de Vrieshof 1
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 1.06a

Fields of Interest

Cultural sociology, intercultural studies, sociology of romantic love and media tourism.

PhD research

Garbage Matters: A Comparative History of Waste in East Asia
Supervisor: Prof. Kasia Cwiertka.

The overall aim of this project is to examine waste as a social phenomenon in contemporary East Asia (China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan), and to explore the historical shifts behind the transformation of practices related to the ‘production’ and disposal of garbage since the Second World War. Rising affluence, represented by growing levels of personal consumption, played a critical role in this transformation. Olivia Dung will be in charge with the case of Taiwan in this project.

The first objective of this project is to document the social and cultural transformations that have accompanied, and have often been triggered by, economic growth across East Asia during the last half century. The second objective of this project is to explore the forces behind the contemporary practices and attitudes related to the disposal of waste across East Asia. The third objective of this project focuses specifically on exploring the cultural origins of the routines of value formation and destruction carried out in contemporary China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan – processes that are directly connected with the practices of disposal and recycling. One area of inquiry that will be critical to exposing the role of cultural context in the formation and destruction of value is that of practices of recycling.


Higher Education

Ph.D candidate, the Institute for Area Studies,
Leiden University, the Netherlands

MSc, (Research Master) Sociology of Culture, Media and the Arts, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands

BA, Sociology, National Taipei University, Taiwan

Grants and Awards

Spring 2012
International Communication Association
ICA Travel Grant for research presentation in ICA Annual Conference Phoenix

Spring 2012
Erasmus Trustfonds
Award Supporting Outstanding Student Conference Participation

Spring 2008
National Taipei University
Award of Outstanding Student for Academic Achievement


Dung, Y.A. (2014) 噯唷:台灣青少女與浪漫愛文化。台北:小熊出版社。[ ‘Dreaming Unknown Love: Taiwanese teenagers and the culture of romantic love. Taipei: LittleBearBooks Publication.] (forthcoming)

Dung, Y.A. and S. Reijnders (2013) ‘Paris off Screen: Analyzing Chinese Tourist in Cinematic Paris’. Tourist Studies (forthcoming).

Last Modified: 03-09-2013