Originally from the Philippines, Dada Docot obtained her masters degree in Human Security Studies (Department of Cultural Anthropology) from the University of Tokyo in March 2008, under a Japanese Government Graduate Research Scholarship. She is also a visual artist and her projects include photography and filmmaking centered on the themes of Philippine international migration. Her works have been screened and exhibited internationally, including the worldwide satellite broadcast of her film "Baad ng Pauno" (2008) in 2010.
For her PhD in Anthropology, Dada will employ both video- and text-based research methods to explore community life of migrants from her hometown, Nabua, province of Camarines Sur, in Japan. A closer look at the migration from Nabua will reveal not only the shifting trends in what was predominantly an America-bound migration, but also the changing cultural landscapes at home and in the migrants' destination countries. It will also yield intricate stories - of struggles, desires and motivations - of people in migration.
Dada is co-founder of the Philippine Studies Series based at the Liu Institute for Global Issues.
Her supervisory committee includes Dr. Millie Creighton and Dr. Charles Menzies of the Department of Anthropology, and Dr. Geraldine Pratt of the Department of Geography.