Marie Anchordoguy, professor of Japan Studies, presented a paper, “Entrepreneurship and the Future of Japanese Capitalism,” at the 24th annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE), as part of a group focusing on Asian Capitalisms, at MIT, June 28–30. She was invited to speak on a panel regarding “Prime Minister Koizumi and Japan’s Economic Reforms,” at a conference on “Are Reforms Dead in Japan? The Legacy of Prime Minister Koizumi,” November 7-8, at the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. She continues to chair the Japan Studies Program and to be coeditor of The Journal of Japanese Studies.
Andrea Arai, lecturer in Japan Studies, coedited (with A. Anagnost) the volume Global Futures in East Asia: Youth, Nation and the New Economy in Uncertain Times (Stanford University Press, 2012). This volume is the product of a 2005 UW conference, “Nation, Culture, and New Economy in East Asia,” subsequent research, and a co-taught course.
Arai co-organized (with C. Sorensen) “Spaces of Possibility,” a conference of Korea and Japan anthropologists and literature scholars in September 2012 at the UW Simpson Center. The conference was based on the first phase of collaborative fieldwork carried out in Japan and Korea in summer 2012.
This project creates new spaces for discussion across fields and disciplines about contemporary issues facing Korean and Japanese societies. Arai is also doing research for her project titled “Alternative Spaces and Economies in Japan,” which focuses on sustainability, slow life, back-to-the-land movements, and the creation of new cooperative forms of life, agriculture, and small business by young adults in and outside smaller, peripheral cities in Japan. (Image: A coffee shop fashioned from a shipping container outside Kobe, Japan, one of Andrea Arai’s field sites for the Alternative Spaces and Economies project.)
Justin Jesty, assistant professor of Japanese literature, published an article entitled “Tokyo 1960: Days of Rage and Grief. Hamaya Hiroshi’s Photos of the Anti-Security-Treaty Protests” at the Unit for Visualizing Cultures website at MIT, edited by John Dower (2012). In winter quarter 2013, Jesty will host the visiting scholar Gen Adachi, a historian of modern Japanese art, and will coteach a seminar about Japanese modern art with Adachi. Jesty will offer an undergraduate course on Japanese film in the spring.
Ted Mack, associate professor of Japanese, continues to expand UW offerings in Japanese film, teaching an honors course this summer titled “Modern Japan through Cinema” and “The Films of Kurosawa Akira” this autumn. These follow his course “The Films of Ozu Yasujiro” last winter. Mack will be on sabbatical in Kyoto as a research professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies from spring 2013 to winter 2014.
Izumi Matsuda-Kiami and Itsuko Nishikawa, lecturers in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature, inaugurated the Northwest Conference on Japanese Pedagogy on April 21–22. Three keynote speakers explored the theme “Current Approaches to Japanese Language Assessment.” The University of Victoria will host the next conference in 2014. Nishikawa also presented a paper at the Washington Association for Foreign Language Teaching conference entitled “Teaching and Assessment of Writing in a Large Class: Communicating with and among Students.”
Amy Snyder Ohta, associate professor of linguistics, organized the Wilga Rivers Panel on Foreign Language Pedagogy for the annual conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, where she also presented a paper entitled “Beyond the Zone of Proximal Development: The Assistance-related Unit (ARU) as an Integrated Unit of Analysis for SLA Research.” She is an area editor for the Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (Wiley/Blackwell, 2012) and was responsible for biographical and topical entries in the area “Social, Dynamic, and Complexity Approaches to Second Language Development.” Her recent article “Sociocultural Theory, the Zone of Proximal Development, and Second Language Development” will appear in The Handbook of Second Language Acquisition (Cambridge University Press).
Ken Tadashi Oshima, associate professor of architecture, was guest curator for “Tectonic Visions Between Land and Sea: Works of Kiyonori Kikutake,” at Harvard Graduate School of Design.
His most recent publications include “Balancing the Cramped with the Communal: Recent Japanese Housing,” Harvard Design Magazine (2012), and an article on “Studio Mumbai and the Possibilities In-Between” in the August-September 2012 newsletter of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. He was also elected this year to the position of second vice president, Society of Architectural Historians. (Image: Model of Marine City, at the Harvard GSD exhibit “Tectonic Visions Between Land and Sea: Works of Kiyonori Kikutake.” Photo by Justin Knight.)
Robert J. Pekkanen, associate professor of international studies, gave a lecture on leadership in Japan at the Abe Foundation 20th Anniversary Celebration in Tokyo in June. In November he gave the keynote address to open the Taiwanese Society for Japanese Studies annual meeting. Also in November, Pekkanen was a panelist at the conference “Northeast Asia in Transition: New Leadership, New Dynamics” at the National Bureau of Asian Research, organized by the Kenneth B. and Anne H. H. Pyle Center for Northeast Asian Studies at NBR.
Saadia M. Pekkanen, Job and Gertrud Tamaki Professor, has been appointed inaugural director of the recently launched Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies PhD Program. Further information on this program may be found at http://jsis.washington.edu/phd/.
Michio Tsutsui, Donald E. Peterson Professor and director of the Technical Japanese Program, has recently completed several publication projects, including “A Study of the Usage Restriction for Simultaneity Expressions in Japanese” in Japanese Language and Literature (2012) and the coauthored Kore de mi ni tsuku bunpō-ryoku: kiso, ōyō kara hatten made (Grammar Power: Exercises for Mastery; Kuroshio Shuppan, 2012). The latter is the third volume to accompany his innovative intermediate Japanese textbook Jōkyū e no tobira (Tobira: Gateway to Advanced Japanese), which is widely used in the U.S. and abroad. Another publication, Japanese Language Education: Current Issues and Future Agenda, a collection of refereed papers he coedited, is now in press at the National Foreign Language Resource Center, University of Hawaii.