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SF (2005)

Fellow Information:
First Name
Kyril Alexander
Middle Name
Last Name
Developing Innovations in Navajo Education, Inc.
Contact Address:
Address Type
Address 1
9975 Chestnut Road
Address 2 (optional)
Zip Code
United States
*Survey URL
1. Are you enaged in Japanese Studies?

Answer: D. No, I am not engaged in Japanese Studies at all.

2. Please describe what you are currently doing. (If you have your own website or any relevant site, provide its URL.)

Answer: Directing a Native American high school and agricultural programs for Native Americans. I remain in contact with Japanese counterparts in Japan and seek their advice from time to time.,,

3. Where did you acquire your most advanced Japanese language training for your research?

Answer: D.Other (On site in Japan)

4. Have you ever participated in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme?

Answer: NO

Optional Inquiry:
1. Please describe briefly how the Japan Foundation Fellowship experience influenced your career.

Answer: The fellowship to study Japanese farms had a high impact on my career insofar as it prepared me to effectively assist Navajo farmers in developing their farms to the high level achieved in Japanese farms. I am currently using the films of interviews with Japanese farmers to help Navajo farmers understand how highly efficient farms are created. These films have had an excellent response from Navajo agriculturalists as they feel a close affinity with Japanese farmers - spiritually and professionally. In addition, I have directed a US project involving Harvard and MIT universities focused on using traditional Navajo peacemaking techniques to solve environmental justice issues. I was inspired to this work by my exposure to Japanese peacemaking efforts connected with the Hiroshima Memorial.

2. The Japan Foundation is planning to create a network or forum among past Japan Foundation fellows. Please let us know if you have any suggestions in terms of themes, format, etc.

Answer: I would suggest that the deeper philosophical elements of Japanese culture which connect all the elements of the Japanese civilization together should be used as the framework for continuing interactions between fellows - the Japanese world view informs all expressions of Japanese culture and could be distilled as a bridge between the various interests of scholars and practitioners.