The 2010-2011 newsletter features profiles of Stefan Tanaka, Terasaki Chair in U.S.-Japan Relations, Hiroyumi Yamamoto, Terasaki Postdoctoral Fellow, along with numerous visiting scholars.
Greetings from the Director,
Greetings from the Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies. I am honored and very humbled to write to you as the new Center Director. It is also my pleasure to announce that Seiji Lippit has been appointed Associate Director. This newly established position and appointment will enable the Center to not only maintain its good standing but to look into its future progress as well.
Next year, 2011-2012 the Center will celebrate its 20th year anniversary. Since the Center was established in 1991, the conditions surrounding Japan and its culture have changed radically. We are now in an era which asks for a reassessment of “Japanese/Japanese culture” in a newly developed global context. I believe that the Center can serve as a dynamic and important platform to support this large-scale shift in perspective. The Center’s 20th anniversary will provide a great opportunity to reinvent ways to explore such future inquiries. We will start to prepare a series of initiatives which will enhance the Center’s ability to support this ongoing endeavor. We will need your strong support and expertise to support this objective. I look forward to working with all of you in the very near future.
This year we have Professor Stefan Tanaka as the holder of the Paul I. Terasaki Chair in US-Japan Relations for Fall and Winter quarters. Professor Tanaka, a UC San Diego historian, teaches courses on modern Japanese history, and will also speak at our colloquium on January 24 on Miscellaneous Happenings in and around the Pacific in 1884. Our Terasaki Postdoctoral Fellow this year is Hiroyuki Yamamoto, who received his PhD in political science from the University of Virginia. He will speak at our colloquium on Explaining Democratic Breakdown: Completing the Puzzle of Interwar Japan on February 14, and will teach an undergraduate course in the Spring. Details of these scholars’ plans at UCLA can be viewed in Lorena’s interview articles in the following pages of this newsletter, and I hope you will join me in welcoming Professor Tanaka and Dr. Yamamoto to the campus.
In October the Center was fortunate to receive an endowment, as well as other gifts, from the surviving family of Professor Emeritus Hans Baerwald to establish the Hans H. Baerwald Graduate Student Fellowship. We will be able to inaugurate the fellowship as early as the next academic year to support a graduate student or two in Japanese studies field. We are enormously grateful for the generosity of the Baerwald family.
I would also like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to Michael Thies, who did a splendid job directing the Center for over three years.
We have a series of colloquia and conferences lined up as you can see on the following page, and I hope to see you at some of them.
Wishing you a productive and healthy year,