This year the Japanese Language Prize was awarded to Ethan Barkalow '18 for his excellent work in Japanese language, volunteer work teaching Japanese language at the local elementary school, and for completing an honors thesis under the guidance of Professor Sakura Christmas.
Melissa Miura ’19 was chosen to participate in the Kakehashi Project, coordinated by the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE), and supported by funding from the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Three students who spent a semester studying away in Japan and two students who traveled to Japan over the winter break shared their experiences with Japanese language students during Japanese language table.
Mitsuki Nishimoto '17, who received highest honors for her honors project titled "Meme Butterfly: Tracing Heterogeneity and Agency in Madame Butterfly and Her Diasporic Descendants" was awarded the first Asian Studies Prize.
Hiroo Aridome, Senior Lecturer in Japanese and Language Coordinator, received a McKeen Center Faculty Award for Public Engagement at the 2017 Awards Ceremony for Community Engagement and Commitment to the Common Good.
Michael Amano '17 has been awarded a Fulbright award to Japan to study the epigenetics of trauma as it relates to survivors and descendants of the atomic bombings in Japan at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation.
If you walk into one of the smaller dining rooms in Thorne Hall at dinner time, there's a good chance you'll hear a language other than English being spoken. Several times a week, different departments typically sponsor a "language table" at which students get the chance to practice their linguistic skills in an informal setting.
Godzilla represents a number of things, says Asian studies professor Chris Born, but is commonly associated with the ongoing concern in Japan, and elsewhere, over nuclear contamination. Born has organized an academic symposium to examine the continuing relevance of the 'Godzilla' franchise.
Assistant Professor of History and Asian Studies Sakura Christmas has won a $50,000 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to work on a book project about the role Japanese administrators played in shaping modern day China.
A group of seven students and three faculty from the Department of Asian Studies have arrived in Japan for a Carnegie Mellon Humanities Initiative. During the twelve day trip they will research topics related to the theme of "Japan and the Environment."
For the fourth year in a row Bowdoin Japanese language students (Michael Amano '17, Nan Ding '19, and Justin Ehringhaus '17) won top awards at the Japanese Language Contest organized by the Consulate General of Japan in Boston.
Ethan Barkalow '19, recipient of a Goldsmith Adams Research Award, will spend the summer in Japan conducting research on the development of the city of Sapporo in Meiji Japan and continuing his Japanese language studies.
Japanese language students Michael Amano '17 and Ginny Crow '18 recently appeared in a New York Times article about students collaborating with college museums. The two students spent last summer doing research in the U.S. and Japan for an exhibition titled “Perspectives From Postwar Hiroshima: Chuzo Tamotzu, Children’s Drawings, and the Art of Resolution.”
Bowdoin’s Michael Amano ’17 had a Curatorial Fellowship from the Bowdoin College Museum of Art to spend last summer in Japan tracking down and interviewing some of the people who had participated in a 1952-1953 art exchange between Japanese and US schoolchildren.