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Department of Social Anthropology



For undergraduate, "Frank" Ngo studied cultural anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. He completed undergraduate fieldwork in Kobe, Japan, on the missionary efforts of Opus Dei, a Roman Catholic institution, and explored questions of secularism, boundary/categorical transgression, and the concept of "culture" in Roman Catholic discourse. Afterwards, he spent 5 years in Japan where he taught on the JET program, earned his master's at Sophia University in Tokyo, and worked at a few interesting companies. For Ngo's PhD work, he returns to the Opus Dei as a researcher but with interest in other questions of secularity, time, religious hierarchy, and spiritual kinship. 


Opus Dei, Catholicism, religion, secularity, time, ritual, vocation, domesticity, spiritual kinship, modernity, labour, secrecy, United Kingdom, London 


Ngo, Hoa Francisco. 2015. Between Religion and Culture: An Opus Dei Mission in Japan. In Japan Missions Journal 69(4), 250-254

Research Title: Vocations to the Secular: An Ethnography of Opus Dei Britain
Supervisor: Professor James Laidlaw

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