Sports, Media, and Representation

I am fascinated by how women athletes have been and continue to be represented in various forms of media, including advertising, television, and newspapers. In particular, I am interested in how these women athletes’ gender intersects with their race, class, and other aspects of their identity.

Examples of publications on this are:

Ho, Michelle H.S. and Hiromi Tanaka. 2022. How Nissin Represented Naomi Osaka: Race, Gender, and Sport in Japanese Advertising” in Communication & Sport 10(4): 594-615.

Ho, Michelle H. S. 2017. “Tracing Tears and Triple Axels: Media Representations of Japan’s Women Figure Skaters,” in International Journal of Cultural Studies 20(6): 620-635.

Ho, Michelle H. S. 2014. “Is Nadeshiko Japan ‘Feminine?’ Manufacturing Sport Celebrity and National Identity on Japanese Morning Television,” in Journal of Sport and Social Issues 38(2): 164-183.


Asian Masculinities in Figure Skating

Since 2020, I have been collaborating with Dr. Wesley Lim (Australian National University) in a project, “Asian Masculinities in Figure Skating.” Our project explores Asian masculinities in the performances and media representations of elite male figure skaters, such as Nathan Chen and Yuzuru Hanyu.

Image source: Reuters

Presentations from this project are:

Ho, Michelle H. S. and Wesley Lim. 2022. “Asian Sporting Masculinities in Figure Skating: Media Representations of Nathan Chen and Yuzuru Hanyu as Rivals.” International Communication Association Annual Conference, Paris, France, May 26-31.

Lim, Wesley and Michelle H. S. Ho. 2021. “Hyperathletic Artistry: Nathan Chen and Yuzuru Hanyu Performing Asian Masculinities.” Ice (St)Ages: Icy Imaginaries in Science, Arts and Spectacles Conference, Virtual, July 28-29.

Publications from this project are:

Ho, Michelle H. S. and Wesley Lim. 2023. “Asian Sporting Masculinities in Figure Skating: Media Representations of Nathan Chen and Yuzuru Hanyu as Rivals.” Media, Culture & Society. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/01634437221140522.