Results for category: Field Notes

Bar chart of PhDs in premodern Japanese history granted by gender, 1946-2026

Surveying Premodern Historians of Japan: Past, Present, and Future Directions of the Field

By Paula R. Curtis Since at least the 2008 economic collapse, scholars of all academic disciplines have been anxious about what the future holds for their fields of study. Even before the global pandemic of 2020-2021 exacerbated those concerns, large organizations like the American Historical Association showcased alarming data on the precipitous decline in academic […]

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Erased No Longer

Since 1992, May has been officially celebrated as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the United States, and with good cause. The choice of May reflects two historic events: 1) the arrival of the first known Japanese immigrant to the United States on May 7, 1843; and 2) the completion of the First […]

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Playing a Critical Role in Achieving a Bigger Goal

This week at #AsiaNow, we are pleased to offer our readers a series of posts on library careers in area studies. The four series authors will convene on Monday, March 22 at 3:00pm Eastern Time for a panel at the AAS 2021 Virtual Annual Conference, “Ask a Librarian!: A Discussion of Alternative Careers in Japanese […]

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A Circuitous Path to Finding the Right Career

This week at #AsiaNow, we are pleased to offer our readers a series of posts on library careers in area studies. The four series authors will convene on Monday, March 22 at 3:00pm Eastern Time for a panel at the AAS 2021 Virtual Annual Conference, “Ask a Librarian!: A Discussion of Alternative Careers in Japanese […]

Cultural Keepers of Modern Japan

By Vivian Li In 2019, I was generously awarded a Japan Research Travel Grant from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission and the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies. The purpose of this funding was to conduct final research in preparation for the exhibition Kimono Couture: The Beauty of Chiso, scheduled to open […]

Embracing the Rebirth of Japanese Studies

By Paula R. Curtis Is Japanese Studies facing a crisis? There have been energetic discussions about the current status and future of Japanese Studies, amplified in no small part by the roundtable “The Death of Japan Studies” at the 2019 Association for Asian Studies conference in Denver. Speakers considered various influences on the field, from […]