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Newsletter '08-'09

Newsletter '08-'09

The 2008-2009 newsletter features profiles of Terasaki Chair Shigeru Nakayama and Terasaki Postdoctoral Fellow Aaron Moore.

Greetings from the Director

Dear Friends,

Greetings from the Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies. I wish to thank everyone who helped me to navigate my first year as Center Director. Filling Fred Notehelfer's shoes was always going to be impossible, but through the efforts of the full membership of the Faculty Advisory Committee, and the expertise and supreme patience of Mariko Bird, the Center's Assistant Director, we managed to assemble a successful and exciting calendar of events and to continue the Center's work in providing graduate fellowships, faculty grants, and community outreach grants. I invite you to peruse the Center website for a full accounting of our recent activities.

As we begin the academic year, we welcome our new Terasaki Chair in U.S.-Japan Relations, Historian of Science Shigeru Nakayama. I would like to thank our colleague, Professor Sharon Traweek, for spearheading the effort to recruit Professor Nakayama for the Chair. Tom Rimer, who held the Chair for three years, has retired from UCLA, but we hope and expect to see Tom at various Center events. Thank you, Tom, for your continued contribution to our community.

We also welcome our first Terasaki Postdoctoral Fellow, Assistant Professor Aaron Moore of Arizona State University. Like Professor Nakayama, Professor Moore will teach in the History Department, and both visitors will give talks in the Center's colloquium series.

On a very sad note, we say goodbye to Professor Miriam Silverberg, one of the most vibrant and prolific members of the Center for many years. Miriam passed away this past March after a long illness. A wonderful symposium that Miriam had begun to organize before her retirement was pushed to fruition by our colleague Professor Mariko Tamanoi and others and held in Miriam's honor this past December. We all miss Miriam tremendously.

In the coming year, the Center will continue its normal busy schedule, a tentative calendar for which appears in these pages. There will be fewer colloquium speakers during the Fall term in order to free up a few dates for interviews of candidates for the Terasaki Chair in the Study of Contemporary Japan. Center-affiliated faculty are deeply involved in the interview process, and we hope to welcome a distinguished senior scholar to UCLA very soon.

There is one staffing change to announce. Vince Lim, who did a terrific job with the newsletter and the Center website, has moved on to graduate school. Lorena Olvera, who joined us last Fall, will now work full-time and will add Vince's duties to her ever-growing list of responsibilities. Good luck to Vince and Lorena!

Finally, I wish to thank the generous donors whose support allows the Center and its affiliated faculty and students to pursue their Japan-focused research interests, and to interact with members of the larger community in so many interesting, fruitful ways. To Paul and Hisako Terasaki, George and Sakaye Aratani, Herbert and Helen Kawahara, Ralph and Shirley Shapiro, the Nikkei Bruins, and everyone else who has contributed to the Center's efforts, and on behalf of all of my colleagues, please accept my sincere and humble expression of thanks.

I wish everyone a happy, productive year.

Michael F. Thies, Director

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