Sunday, January 20, 2008

Onigiriman Philosophy

We are the sum total of our individual experiences. As a consequence, everything we think, say, and interpret is "tainted" by our ever-changing thoughts through our never-ending negotiations with the world. While we may try to cling to objective "facts", these facts are meaningful through the prism of our own experiences. As such every memory we recall, every event we interpret is our own subjective perspective of the truth.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Curriculum Vitae

The George Washington University, Washington, DC. Assistant professor for the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. Instruction and lectures on Japanese language (all levels), literature, film and culture; Japanese Major Advisor; Acting Coordinator for Japanese Language and Literature (2008).

Stanford University, Stanford, CA. Instructor for the Department of Asian Languages in Intensive Third-Year Modern Japanese. The course dealt primarily with improving Japanese reading ability to prepare students for advanced work and research, and focused on non-textbook sources, including essays, magazine and newspaper articles, and literary short stories. (Also 6/88-8/88 and 6/93-8/93)

Development Associates, Cupertino, CA. Developed and taught introductory conversational Japanese course. Course designed for professionals interested in understanding basic Japanese.

Stanford University, Stanford, CA. Teaching Assistant for the Department of Asian Languages in First-Year Modern Japanese. (Also 6/87-8/87)

University of California, Los Angeles. Teaching associate for the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures in Advanced Modern Japanese.

University of California, Los Angeles. Teaching assistant for the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures in Elementary Modern Japanese. (Also 4/86-6/86)

National Institute for Research Advancement (Sôgô kenkyû kaihatsu kikô), Center for Policy Information Research. Secretary for overseas affairs. Responsibilities included correspondence with overseas research institutes, and the development, coordinating and editing of English publications.

Stanford University, Stanford, CA. Graduate Division. Ph.D. degree in the Department of Asian Languages. Concentration: Medieval Japanese Poetry. Dissertation topic: The Priest Jakuren and his Poetry.

Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan. School of Letters and Science. Conducted dissertation research in the Department of Japanese Literature as non-matriculated research student. Concentration: Shinkokin Poetry.

University of California, Los Angeles. Graduate Division. Master of Arts degree in East Asian Languages and Cultures, June, 1986. Concentration: Classical Japanese Literature.

Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. Institute of Language Teaching. Non-degree Advanced Specialized Japanese. Concentration: Japanese language.

University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Summer program in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature. Intensive Elementary Modern Chinese.

University of California, Los Angeles. Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese Studies, March, 1983.

East Los Angeles College, Monterey Park, CA. Associate of Arts degree, general education, June, 1980.

  • Nominated GW University Service Award, 2010.
  • Robert W. Kenny Prize recipient, 2010.
  • Nominated for the Bender Teaching Award 2006.
  • Nominated for the Bender Teaching Award 2003.
  • University Facilitating Fund Grant. Funding to promote the research of faculty at The George Washington University. 2002-3
  • Japan Fund Grant. Supplemental dissertation research funding awarded by the Institute for International Studies, Stanford University. 1991
  • Stanford Graduate Fellowship. Awarded by the Graduate Division of Stanford University. Three-year full tuition and stipend. 1986-89
  • UCLA Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award. Awarded by the Academic Senate Committee on Teaching for performance as a teaching assistant in first-year Japanese instruction. 1984
  • Chancellor's Achievement Award. Awarded by East Los Angeles College in recognition of academic achievement. 1980

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: Publications, Papers and Presentations
  • “Teaching and Composing Haiku in the Classroom.” Keynote speaker at the Mid-Atlantic Association of Teachers of Japanese at the Foreign Language Association of Virginia Annual Conference, November 1, 2008.
  • “Context and Intertext in Japanese Literature,” Foreign Service Institute Training Center, Arlington, VA, May 2008.
  • "Loosening the Links: Considering Intention in Linked Verse and Its Consequences," in Matsuo Basho's Poetic Spaces: Exploring Haikai Intersections, ed. Eleanor Kerkham (New York: Palgrave Macmillan), 2007
  • "Composing Haiku and Senryu." Greater Washington Association for Teachers of foreign Languages 2006 Fall Conference, 2006.09.
  • "Identifying Elements of Japanese Culture Through Film." Mid-Atlantic Region/Association for Asian Studies Conference. 2003.10.
  • "Reading, Writing, and Creating in Japanese on a PC." The Seventh Virginia Japanese Pedagogy Workshop. 1999.06.
  • "The Priest Jakuren and His Poetry: A Reflection of Late-Twelfth Century Poetics." Diss. Stanford University. 1997.03.
  • The Washington & Southeast Japan Seminar; paper on Interacting with Tradition: Intertextual Engagement in Shinkokin Waka, at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. 1996.11.
  • "The Confidence to Live! Experiencing the Buraku Liberation Movement." Translation of story by Kariya Ryuichi, in Diversity in Japanese Culture and Language, John C. Maher and Gaynor Macdonald, eds. (London: Kegan Paul International), pp. 178-201. 1995.
  • Tama International Friendship Club. Tama City, Tokyo. Volunteer translator for newsletter, "Information for Daily Life in Tama City." 1993-94.
  • NIRA's World Directory of Think Tanks 1993, National Institute for Research Advancement. Coeditor. 1993.
  • International Crossroads (periodical), National Institute for Research Advancement. Coeditor. 1991-93
  • "Japanese Court Poetry in the Noh Plays of Zeami." Journal of Asian Culture, Vol. X. University of California, Los Angeles. 1986.
  • "The Priest Jakuren." Journal of Asian Culture, Vol. VIII. University of California, Los Angeles. 1984.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: Committees and Other University Service
  • Acting Program Coordinator for Japanese Language and Literature, East Asian Languages and Literatures, GWU. Fall 2008.
  • Serving as Library Representative for Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, GWU. Fall-Spring 2001-Current.
  • Served on Language Center Study Group, and Chaired Pedagogy Subcommittee, CCAS, 2003-04.
  • Committee on Technology, Co-chair, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, GWU. 1998-2004.
  • Student Appeals Committee, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, GWU. 2003.
  • Athletic Council, GWU. 2002.
  • Japanese Language Instructor Search Committee, East Asian Languages and Literatures, GWU. 2002.
  • Website Coordinator, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, GWU. 1996-2002.
  • The Luce Scholars Program, Preliminary Screening Committee, GWU. 2001, 1997, 1996.
  • Rhodes Scholar/Marshall Fellowship Preliminary Screening Committee, GWU. 2000.
  • NCAA Certification, University Steering Committee, GWU. 1998-99
  • NCAA Certification, University Subcommittee for Academic Integrity, GWU. 1998-99
  • Contemporary Japanese Studies Search Committee, The Elliott School of International Studies, GWU. 1997-98
  • Served as Departmental Computer Liaison to Computer Information and Research Center (CIRC). 1996-97.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: Japanese Related Activities
Co-edited Japanese Language Program Newsletter. Dissemination of current news and information for students studying Japanese. 1-2 per semester.

2006 - 2008
Haiku judge. Mid-Atlantic Association of Teachers of Japanese. Judged and commented on Haiku composed by students from elementary to high school who study Japanese in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Co-coordinated The Twelfth Mid-Atlantic (formerly Virginia) Japanese Pedagogy Workshop. Workshop focusing on creative strategies to engage students in the Japanese classroom. (June 1-2)

Served on the Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholarship selection committee.

Recited and commented on two poems by Matsuo Basho on Washington DC public radio WETA (90.9FM). (April 30)

Reconfigured Japanese Language Program. Reconfiguration and restructuring of the current program to accommodate the new major in Japanese. Current accomplishments: accelerated pace of instruction to prepare students for upper division courses and independent research.

Co-coordinated The Seventh Virginia Japanese Pedagogy Workshop. Workshop designed to share and exchange ideas on the effective use of "authentic" material in the classroom. (May 31-June 1)

Presented talk to Downtown Jaycees (Junior Chamber of Commerce) Washington, DC. On "Sakura, Cherry Blossoms in Japan" in preparation of the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Association of Teachers of Japanese, Boulder, Colorado.

Association of Asian Studies, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The Washington & Southeast Japan Seminar, Washington, D.C.

Stanford University, Department of Asian Languages. Graduate representative.

UCLA Graduate Students Association, Communications Council. Vice-president and treasurer.

UCLA East Asian Languages and Cultures Graduate Association. Graduate representative.


I'm an assistant professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at The George Washington University. I teach Modern and Classical Japanese Language, as well as Classical Japanese Literature.
My current duties as an instructor focus on enhancing the reading abilities of advanced students. This includes reading contemporary fiction that is relatively easy to comprehend: 村上春樹 Murakami Haruki, 星新一 Hoshi Shin'ichi, etc. I also encourage students to learn bungo, or classical Japanese; besides reading the Classics such as 伊勢物語 Ise
or 方丈記 Hojoki in the original, bungo is a must for those who want to conduct research in Japanese history, political science or economics using pre-World War II sources.
My research interests focus on the influence of texts and contexts on reading, particularly as they pertain to late Heian and early medieval Japanese court poetry.
Once upon a time at UCLA: Clockwise from back left, Hillary, Terry, Stephanie, Alan, Weiyon, Masaya, Roger Ebert, Kim, Yuka, Tsukasa, Yan, Yasuko, Ken and unidentified. (I can't remember her name. Can someone remind me?)

Brief Bio:

Born in Los Angeles, CA. Graduate of Loyola High School, East Los Angeles Community College (AA), UCLA (BA and MA), and Stanford University (PhD). First learned how to speak Japanese effectively at age 17 at Mikawaya, a Japanese confectionary in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. Learned to read and write Japanese during college. Research interests include Late Heian poetics, renga linked poetry, and Japanese film and pop culture. See curriculum vitae for more detail.

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There really isn't much more to know about me. But if you're interested in detail, take a look at my Curriculum Vitae, although there really isn't much to it. I also have a family homepage that I try to keep up. You can also email me at my school address, but know that you do so at your own risk; I am notoriously bad at answering my mail, as my students will gleefully attest.
Updated 2008.12.07


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Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
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CURRENT STUDENTS always get priority over others.

Updated 2009.1.17 iLhAnaMi

Sunday, January 13, 2008

JAPN 112 Japanese Literature in Translation (2008)

PURPOSE The course is a survey of modern Japanese literature discovered through assigned readings and films. It aims to encourage diversity in thought, flexibility in opinion, and an understanding of the role of texts in forming ideas as represented through Japanese literature.

REQUIREMENTS Every student must be registered in JAPN 112. There is no prerequisite for the course. Every student will be expected to have completed the assigned readings by the day assigned. In general, each class will involve a lecture—which may include the background, historical context, and possible interpretations of the assigned readings—and group/class discussion in which students will be required to participate. Every student must submit all required work listed below. The student who cannot attend class due to emergency or illness is still responsible for any work due for the class missed. There is no make-up exam. All readings are in English.

INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENTS Success in the course is contingent on the students' performance in all assignments and exams. Assignments will also be posted on Blackboard. You will be required (tentatively) to do the following:

  • Class participation and assignments—All students are expected to have read the material for class; level and accuracy of participation in any discussion will be noted and evaluated. Impromptu homework and in-class assignments—such as haiku poems and group work—will be graded as well; in-class assignments cannot be made-up. Absences will be graded as non-participation. (10%)
  • Quizzes—There will be 11 weekly quizzes. They will consist of multiple choice, fill-in and short answers. The quiz will be online through Blackboard Tuesdays for a 24 hour period from midnight to midnight. Be sure to take it. See below for makeup policy. (20%)
  • Essays (@ 1000 words)—There will be two essays, critical responses to specific questions. An essay should be viewed as a mini-paper consisting of an introduction, a body--grounds for and support of your position--and a conclusion. Reference to other sources to support your position affords a convincing argument. (30%)
  • Late-term exam—There will be one midterm late in the semester—Wednesday of the 12th week. It will consist of questions similar to those on the weekly quizzes, as well, IDs and a short essay. (20%)
  • Final Exam—Final exam will be take home exam that will include Identifications and an essay. The exam will be available on Blackboard 48 hours prior to the date and time of the scheduled exam. (20%)
  • Graduate students taking the course for graduate credit will also be required to submit a research paper. See instructor for further detail.
  • Formatting should be consistent with college-level work. See Grading Policies below.

Grading Policy

  • Grading on participation and in-class assignment will be based on the student's effort and demonstrated knowledge of the reading material assigned that day. In-class assignments cannot be made-up.
  • Makeup policy—There is no makeup exam except in cases of verifiable emergencies—i.e. Doctor’s note, accident report, police report. One quiz may be made up for any (or no) reason. A second makeup requires a verifiable excuse or is subject to a 10% penalty. No more than two makeup quizzes. Makeups must be made up within one week. In-class assignments cannot be made up. I will drop the lowest quiz grade, with the exception of makeup quizzes which cannot be dropped.
  • Late assignments— Tardiness is not tolerated, but llate assignments will be accepted WITHIN ONE WEEK of due date. In case of verifiable emergency—illness or accident—you will be entitled to a one-week grace period. Be sure to contact the instructor ASAP with appropriate verifiable documentation. Late assignments without an acceptable reason and documentation will be automatically downgraded by 10%. If you cannot make class due to an emergency, hand your paper in early or have a friend hand it in for you. Ultimately, however, you are responsible for the submission of your own paper. Be sure to contact the instructor ASAP with appropriate verifiable documentation.
  • Final grade will be based on the total of all assignments, weighted accordingly as outlined above. In case of verifiable emergency—illness or accident—you will receive a one week grace period.
  • Submissions—All submissions will be graded for content—structure, clarity, substance—and for appropriateness in formatting, especially with regard to citations.
    • All submissions should have a solid structure, clarity—i.e. correct spelling, appropriate grammar—and substance—i.e. good insights and/or originality is not reflected in a regurgitation of class discussion or the readings.
    • All submissions—essays, assignments, homework—must be typed.
    • Word count should be strictly observed , +/- 50 words—i.e. a 1000 word essay should range between 950 to 1050 words.
    • Do not attach a cover sheet.
    • Include the following: your name, the due date, the word count. If you are using MS Word, click on Tools, then Word Count; it will automatically count all the words in your document. You do not need to provide your student number, course or instructor name.
    • A brief title is appropriate for all submissions; copying and pasting the question/issue is not.
    • Type and format all submissions in a manner consistent with college-level work. Follow these guidelines:
      • Space lines approximately 1.5 spaces.
      • Set margins at one inch.
      • Use font size no smaller than 12 points; font face of Times New Roman, Arial or equivalent.
      • Indent long quotations.
      • Italicize or underline book titles, use quotation marks for article titles, format citations appropriately.
      • A bibliography is unnecessary in a short paper since citations should be complete. Citations for books used in class are unnecessary, but an inline page referent is obligatory
      • For other formatting issues, follow the guidelines found in the MLA Handbook, The Chicago Book of Style, or any other recognized guidebook on academic style.
    • A brief title is appropriate for all submissions; copying and pasting the question/issue is not.
  • For more information on structure

QUESTIONS The instructor maintains an open door policy—if my office door is open, feel free to come in unless I am speaking to another student. If you have further questions or concerns, please see the instructor during office hours or make an appointment. All students are encouraged to come by and visit.

Blackboard: All communications and schedule changes will be on Blackboard. Please go to, log on to this class. and familiarize yourself with it. BE sure to check Staff Information for my “real” email address.