The Author


Kristine Michelle “Khursten” Santos is a postgraduate student at School of Humanities and Social Inquiry in the University of Wollongong, Australia. Her areas of study include gender, Asian and social history, popular culture, media and cultural studies. 

She has been actively writing about manga and Japanese culture in her website, Otaku Champloo, since 2006. Her endless rambling about manga has made her contribute to websites such as (Banana Fish Roundtable), and in the now defunct Mangacast. She has also written about manga for one of the national broadsheets, Manila Bulletin.

This website,, is a personal website that features her love of travel and food. 

In the last few years, she has spoken about comics and otaku subculture for various conferences. The papers she presented to various conferences are as follows:

Welcoming Otaku: History and Transformations of Otaku in the Philippines
3rd JSA-ASEAN International Conference
(University of Malaya – MAJAS, February 2012)

The Warping of Japanese Youth Culture through English Fan Scanlations
2011 International Comic Arts Forum
Center for Cartoon Studies, October 2011)

More than just Boys: A History of the Changing Images of Gender in Weekly Shōnen Jump.
2010 Singapore Toy, Game, & Comic Convention
(National University of Singapore, December 2010)

The Pinoy in Kenkoy: A Hilarious Formation of National Identity from 1929-1941
15th Graduate Student Philippine Studies Forum of Japan
(Osaka University, July 2010)

Looking at Changes: A Study of Women in Japan from 1897-1912 through Yoshitoshi’s Fūzoku Sanjūniso
Ateneo and UA&P Asian Studies Convention
(Ateneo de Manila University, February 2006)

You may view a PDF of her current Curriculum Vitae here. For more information about her research, visit her profile.

When Khursten is not studying manga, she challenges her palate by hunting for awesome restaurants or cooking a new recipe. When called for a conference, she takes time to enjoy her travel a bit before jetlag disrupts her body rhythm altogether. She also loves BL. She is a fujoshi.