search/admin/spider_custom.php search/search.php fellowship_survey/survey.php Fellow Follow-up Survey Details - Laura MILLER

SF (2007)

Fellow Information:
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University of Missouri-St. Louis
Eiichi Shibusawa-Seigo Arai Professor of Japanese Studies and Professor of Anthropology
Contact Address:
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Department of Anthropology 507 Clark Hall One University Blvd.
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University of Missouri-St. Louis
St. Louis,
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United States
Tel: 314-516-6020
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1. Are you enaged in Japanese Studies?

Answer: A. Yes, I am engaged in Japanese Studies at a university or research institution.

Field of Study: Anthropology & Archaeology

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

Answer: Dr. Miller has published widely on Japanese popular culture and language, including topics such as the wizard boom, the Korean Wave, girls slang, and print club photos. She is the author of Beauty Up: Exploring Contemporary Japanese Body Aesthetics (University of California Press, 2006), and co-editor of Bad Girls of Japan (with Jan Bardsley, Palgrave, 2005) and Manners and Mischief: Gender, Power, and Etiquette in Japan (University of California Press, 2011). Her new book in progress is Japanese Girl Stuff: Gendered Domains of Cultural Vigor.

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

Answer: A. I learned it at a university. (UCSB and UCLA)

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 Japan Foundation fellowship allowed me to conduct research on Girl Characters [ʸ], exploring the reasons for their popularity and interest in Japan. This research will be included in my new book in progress. I am very grateful that I received the support of the Japan Foundation for this project.

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.