Dr Rebecca King O'Riain

Sociology, National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis. NIRSA

Senior Lecturer

Auxilia House
(01) 7083941


Rebecca Chiyoko King-O'Riain is a senior lecturer in the department of Sociology with research interests in: globalization, emotions and technology; racial/ethnic beauty pageants (Pure Beauty - University of Minnesota Press); critical race theory; qualitative methods; interracial marriage and multiracial people (Global Mixed Race - New York University Press). Her current research explores the ‘Globalization of Love’ with transnational, mixed couples and their children looking at uses of digital technology to create and maintain global emotional networks.



  • Dr Rebecca Chiyoko King O'Riain (2016) 'Enduring or Crossing Distance for Love? Negotiating Love and Distance in the Lives of Mixed Transnational Couples'. SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH ONLINE, 21:
  • Dr Rebecca Chiyoko King O'Riain (2015) 'Emotional Streaming and Transconnectivity: Skype and Emotion Practices in Transnational Families in Ireland. in Global Networks'. GLOBAL NETWORKS, 15:256 - 273.
  • King- O'Riain, Rebecca Chiyoko (2008) 'Target Earning/Learning, Settling or Trampolining?: Polish and Chinese Immigrants in Ireland'. IRISH GEOGRAPHY, 41:211 - 223.
  • King-O'Riain, Rebecca Chiyoko (2008) 'Making the Perfect Queen: The Cultural Production of Identity in Beauty Pageants'. SOCIOLOGY COMPASS, 2:74 - 83.
  • King-O'Riain, Rebecca Chiyoko (2007) 'Counting on the Celtic Tiger: Adding Ethnic Census Categories in the Republic of Ireland'. ETHNICITIES, 7:516 - 542.
  • King, Rebecca Chiyoko (2000) 'Racialization, Recognition and Rights: Lumping and Splitting Multiracial Asian Americans and the 2000 Census'. JOURNAL OF ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES, 3:191 - 217.
  • King, Rebecca Chiyoko (1997) 'Multiraciality Reigns Supreme? Mixed Race Japanese Americans and the Cherry Blossom Queen Pageant'. AMERASIA JOURNAL, 23:113 - 128. EPRINTS
  • Dr Rebecca Chiyoko King O'Riain


  • King-O’Riain, Rebecca Chiyoko; Small, Stephen; Mahtani, Minelle; Spickard, Paul; and Song, Miri. (2014) 'Global Mixed Race'. New York, NY.
  • King-O'Riain, Rebecca Chiyoko (2006) 'Pure Beauty: Judging Race in Japanese American Beauty Beauty Pageants.'. Minnesota.


  • Dr Rebecca Chiyoko King O'Riain (2016) 'Purity, Racial'. The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism,
  • Dr Rebecca Chiyoko King O'Riain (2015) 'Transkonnektiver Raum, Emotionen, und Skype: Binationale Paare in Irland'. Die Ambivalenz Der Gefuhle, Springer:
  • Dr Rebecca Chiyoko King O'Riain (2015) 'Multiracial'. In: Vo, Linda; Schlund-Vials, Cathy and Wong, K. Scott. (eds.) Keywords in Asian American Studies, New York University Press: EPRINTS
  • Dr Rebecca Chiyoko King O'Riain (2015) '“‘Going home’ To Where The Heart Is: Mixed International Families in the Republic of Ireland.” '. In: Connolly, Linda (eds.) The 'Irish' Family, Routledge:
  • Dr Rebecca Chiyoko King O'Riain (2014) 'Transconnective Space, Emotions and Skype: The Transnational Emotional Practices of Mixed International Couples in the Republic of Ireland'. In: Benski, Tova and Fisher, Eran (eds.) Internet and Emotions, Taylor and Francis/Routledge: . EPRINTS
  • Dr Rebecca Chiyoko King O'Riain (2013) '“Transnational Media Networks and the ‘Migration Nation’”'. In: Gilmartin, Mary and White, Allen (eds.) Migrations: Ireland in a Global World, Manchester University Press: Manchester, UK.
  • King-O'Riain, Dr, Rebecca Chiyoko (2012) 'Is No One As Irish as Barack OBama?'. In: Jolivette, Andrew (eds.) Obama and the Bi-racial Factor., The Policy Press: Bristol, UK. EPRINTS
  • King-O'Riain, Rebecca Chiyoko (2011) '“Media Perspectives on Chinese Migrants in Ireland”'. In: Fanning, Bryan and Munck, Ronaldo (eds) (eds.) Globalization, Migration and Social Transformation: Ireland in Europe and the World., Ashgate Publishers: London.
  • King-O'Riain, Rebecca Chiyoko (2010) '“The Experience of Discrimination in Ireland: Evidence from Self-Report Data”'. In: Bond, Laurence; McGinnity, Frances and Russell, Helen (eds). (eds.) Making Equality Count: Irish and International Research Measuring Equality and Discrimination., Liffey Press: Dublin.
  • King-O'Riain, Dr, Rebecca Chiyoko (2010) '“Post-Culture Wars Visions of Multiculturality”'. In: Laura Grindstaff, Ming-Cheng Lo and John Hall (eds). (eds.) Handbook of Cultural Sociology., Routledge: New York.
  • King-Ó Riain, Rebecca Chiyoko. (2009) 'Beauty Queens'. In: Locke, Liz; Theresa A. Vaughan; and Pauline Greenhill (eds.) Encyclopedia of Women's Folklore and Folklife., Greenwood Press: Westport, CT.
  • King-O'Riain, Rebecca Chiyoko (2008) '“Beauty Pageants”'. In: Chen, Edith; Ng, Wendy and Chua, Peter (eds). (eds.) The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Contemporary Asian American Issues., Greenwood Publishing Group: Westport, CT, USA.
  • King-Ó Riain, Rebecca Chiyoko (2008) 'Miss China Ireland'. In: Mary Corcoran and Perry Share (eds.) Belongings: Shaping Identity in Modern Ireland, Irish Public Administration: Dublin, Ireland.
  • King-Ó Riain, Rebecca Chiyoko (2006) 'Re-Racialising the Irish State through the Census, Citizenship, and Language'. In: A. and R Lentin (eds.) Race and State, Cambridge Scholars Press: EPRINTS
  • King-Ó Riain, Rebecca Chiyoko (2005) 'Miss Cherry Blossom Meets Mainstream America:'. In: Dave, Shilpa, Tasha Oren, and Leilani Nishime (eds.) East Main Street:Asian American Popular Culture, New York University Press: New York. EPRINTS
  • King-Ó Riain, Rebecca Chiyoko (2004) 'Tracing Race to a Multiracial Majority in the Japanese American Community'. In: Heather Dalmage (eds.) The Politics of Multiraciality, State University of New York Press: New York.
  • King, Rebecca Chiyoko (2002) 'Eligible to be Japanese American: Counting on Multiraciality in Japanese American Basketball Leagues and Beauty Pageants'. In: Linda Trinh Vo and Rick Bonus (eds.) Contemporary Asian American Communities: Intersections and Divergences, Temple University Press: Philadelphia.
  • King, Rebecca Chiyoko (2001) 'Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Mapping Discussions of Feminism, Race and Beauty on Mixed Race Japanese American Women'. In: Teresa Williams-Leon and Cynthia Nakashima (eds.) The Sum of Our Parts: Mixed-Heritage Asian Americans, Temple University Press: Philadelphia.
  • King, Rebecca Chiyoko and DaCosta, Kimberly McClain (1996) 'Changing Face, Changing Race: The Making and Remaking of Race in the Japanese American and African American Communities.'. In: Maria P.P. Root (eds.) The Multiracial Experience: Racial Borders as the New Frontier, Sage Publications: Newbury Park, CA.

Non-peer Review Articles

  • Dr Rebecca Chiyoko King O'Riain (2015) 'Celtic Connections – Ireland’s Global Families.'. International Sociological Association - Global Dialogues., ISA:

Additional Scholarly Contributions

  • Dr Rebecca Chiyoko King O'Riain (2016) 'Global Love on Skype'. Irish Museum of Modern Art Blog,
  • King O'Riain, Dr Rebecca Chiyoko (2011) 'review of Caitríona Ní Laoire, Fina Carpena-Méndez, Naomi Tyrrell and Allen White, “Childhood and Migration in Europe: Portraits of Mobility, Identity and Belonging in Contemporary Ireland.”'. Irish Journal of Sociology.,
  • Titley, Gavan, Aphra Kerr and Rebecca Chiyoko King-O’Riain (2010) 'Broadcasting In the New Ireland: Mapping and Envisioning Cultural Diversity.'. Broadcast Authority of Ireland, EPRINTS
  • King O'Riain, Dr Rebecca Chiyoko (2010) 'Review of Aoki, Andrew and Takeda, Okiyoshi. “Asian American Politics”'. Irish Journal of Sociology.,
  • Russell, Helen; Fran McGinnity; Rebecca Chiyoko King-O’Riain; and Emma Quinn (2009) 'The Experience of Discrimination in Ireland: Analysis of the QNHS Equality Module'. Report to the Equality Authority, EPRINTS
  • King Ó Riain, R.C. (2009) 'Gendered Work in Asian Cities: The New Economy and Changing Labour Markets'. Irish Journal of Sociology, 17:1,
  • King Ó Riain, Rebecca Chiyoko (2006) 'Review of Bill Hosokawa. "Colorado's Japanese Americans: From 1886 to the Present"'. Journal of American Ethnic History, 25:4, EPRINTS
  • Y. Yun Wang and R. King-Ó Riain (2006) 'Chinese Students in Ireland'. National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism, EPRINTS
  • K. Kropiwiec and R. King-Ó Riain (2006) 'Polish Migrant Workers in Ireland'. National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism, EPRINTS
  • King Ó Riain, Rebecca Chiyoko (2003) 'Japanese American Celebration and Conflict: A History of Ethnic Identity and Festival 1934-1990'. Journal of American History, EPRINTS
  • Chiyoko King Ó Riain, Rebecca (2002) 'Relative/Outsider: The Art and Politics of Identity Among Mixed Heritage Students'. American Journal of Sociology, 107:5,
  • King Ó Riain, Rebecca Chiyoko (2001) 'Shades of Citizenship: Race and the Census in Modern Politics'. Journal of American Ethnic History, 21:1,
  • King-Ó Riain, R.C. (1999) 'Defining Japanese American'. Hokubei Mainichi,
  • Kich, G., King-Ó Riain, R.C. and Shinagawa, L. (1998) '“Intermarriages and Hapas” Nikkei Heritage'. Japanese American Historical Society, San Francisco,
  • King-Ó Riain, R.C. (1997) 'Taking the Beauty Out of Beauty Pageants'. Hokubei Mainichi,