Ryohei (Ro-hey) was born in Tokyo, Japan, where he spent the first three years of his life before moving to the suburbs of New York (Port Washington). He studied Francophone literature and the history of art at Princeton University, and spent his junior year in Paris at the École normale supérieure, where he studied phenomenology, film history, museology, and German. He graduated magna cum laude, and his senior thesis on a collective of working-class documentary filmmakers, the Medvedkin Group, was awarded the prize for Best Thesis Written in French from the Cercle Français de Princeton. After several years of professional experience in the modern and contemporary art scene in New York (MoMA, Artsy), Ryohei finds himself once again in Paris: he is currently a graduate student in history at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences. He is conducting a holistic historical analysis of immigrant incorporation policies in the context of transnational labor migration between Southeast Asia and Japan.
Ryohei is experienced in tutoring students at the high school level and above in literature, writing (literary and academic), critical translation practices, historical methodology and epistemology, Asian studies, and the social sciences (sociology and anthropology in particular). He believes that tutoring for exam preparation is deeply imbricated with developing one’s competencies in critical analysis and reading beyond the test, and that these skills should be mutually reinforcing. He aims to be a mentor as much as a tutor, and is always concerned with strengthening any tutor-student relationship.
His leisure time is spent learning languages (he has added Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian beyond French, Japanese and German to his polyglot profile, while actively learning Vietnamese and Classical Chinese) and planning trips to lesser-travelled parts of the world. Ryohei is also a violist, and is always on the lookout for opportunities to play in chamber ensembles. He loves exquisite food, literature, recipes, music, and films.