Mattias van Ommen


Degree Student

A former president of the EWC Participant Association, Mattias is currently on a Nippon Foundation fellowship in Yokohama, researching the growing number of young people in Japan who favor online adventures over the "real" world. He has experience as a freelance translator and has worked with the Japanese Football Association, the French publisher Glénat, Dutch Television Broadcasting, and is the founder of a soccer club. After winning the Komatsu Annual Bachelor’s Thesis Prize in 2010, he received a Fulbright / Huygens Dutch Talent Dual Scholarship to pursue his studies in the United States.

Place of origin: Houten, The Netherlands      Current location: Yokohama, Japan  

B.A., Leiden University
M.A., Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Dutch, Japanese, English

“The number of life lessons I have learned here at the East-West Center because of cross-cultural engagement with people that are experts in their respective fields is simply astounding. This ranges from the trivial (how to boil an egg) to the deep and complex (personalized perspectives on independence and self-governance).”

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