Board of Advisors, March 23, 2013
On behalf of the UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, I would like to welcome you to the 2013-14 academic year by announcing the hiring of two new permanent faculty members in Japanese studies, funded in part by an institutional support grant from the Japan Foundation – Professors Michael Emmerich, in Asian Languages & Cultures and Katsuya Hirano in the History department. The two hires represent a permanent expansion of existing strengths in the study of modern Japan at UCLA. In turn, this invigoration of our academic mission is at the center of multiple initiatives that commit UCLA to engaging the far-reaching, ongoing transformations in Japanese society and culture from a transnational perspective.
We are equally excited to officially announce the distinguished members of our newly formed Board of Advisors, chaired by Ms. Irene Hirano. We include introductions to our new colleagues in this newsletter, and we look forward to working together over the next few transformative years.
Please see the blue and white image on the cover page for a glimpse of our new Terasaki Center logo – a formal modernization of traditional Japanese kamon. The designer Brian Roettinger joined two flower motifs—The California Poppy (outer) and the Japanese Cherry Blossom (inner). This idea of cross-pollination emphasizes the Terasaki Center’s primary goal: expanding academic discourse in the complex relationship between Japan and the United States.
Earlier this summer, the Center was fortunate to receive another generous gift from Dr. Terasaki in support our Global Japan Initiative. The aim of this initiative is not only to substantially raise the visibility of the academic study of Japan on campus and in the broader community, but also to establish UCLA as a vital site for thinking through and putting into practice new trajectories for the development and evolution of the field of Japanese studies in the 21st century. The gift will cover a portion of our Annual Forum, scheduled for May 9th, 2014 as well as other outreach activities. As always, we are extremely grateful for the generosity of the Terasaki family.
Our 2013 – 2014 Terasaki Chair in US-Japan relations is Professor Hiroko Hara from Josai International University. She will join us in spring quarter of the 2013–14 academic year, as the eighth Chair and will teach a graduate seminar on “"Disaster and Gender in Japan." The course will examine the creation of innovative, gender-friendly policies in disaster risk reduction.
Our Terasaki Postdoctoral Fellow this year is Jon Glade, who received his PhD in literature from the University of Chicago. On September 30th he kicked off our 2013-14 colloquia series with a talk entitled, Fraternization: Delineating Boundaries of Expression in US-Occupied Japan. He will teach an undergraduate course in the department of Asian Languages & Cultures during the winter quarter.
Our visiting scholar is Dr. Haruya Sakamoto from Kansai University. His research will trace recent institutional changes in the arena of civil society, in particular the revision of NPO Law in 2011, as he looks to understand the changing nature of state-civil society relationships in both Japan and Southern California.
Further details on these scholars’ plans at UCLA can be viewed in the following pages of this newsletter, and I hope you will join me in welcoming them to campus this year.
On a very somber note, I am saddened to announce that we have lost a founding member of the Terasaki Center with the sudden passing of Professor Donald McCallum on October 23rd, just 12 days following a retirement conference held in celebration of his distinguished career at UCLA. Don was one of the Center’s most active faculty members and played a central role in the Center’s development and growth over the years. A memorial service will be held in his honor at the UCLA Faculty Center, California Room on Saturday, November 23rd from 2 – 5PM. He will be profoundly missed by his colleagues and students.
This past year we also said goodbye to two of the Japanese American community’s most distinguished leaders – Senator Daniel Inouye and Mr. George Aratani. Senator Inouye’s commitment to Japanese Americans was extraordinary and we were extremely honored to hear him speak at our 20th anniversary keynote in 2011. Mr. Aratani and his wife Sakaye’s philanthropy provided crucial financial support for our graduate program and its research efforts in Japan. The impact of their work will continue to impact future generations for decades to come. Senator Inoue and George Aratani will be greatly missed.
Lastly, we have a series of colloquia and conferences lined up as you can see on the following pages, and we look forward to seeing you at some of these events this year.
Director, Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, UCLA
Published: Friday, November 15, 2013
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