search/admin/spider_custom.php search/search.php fellowship_survey/survey.php Fellow Follow-up Survey Details - Masami TOKU

SF (2008)

Fellow Information:
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Last Name
California State University, Chico
Contact Address:
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Dept. of Art and Art History, California State University-Chico
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368 East 8th Avenue
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United States
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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: Education

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

Answer: I am doing so many things in addition to my routine work as a professor of art education at CSU-Chico (^_6). Following is the brief list that I am/will be doing this year in 2011. 1. Events and Exhibitions: 1) the development of the 3rd annual cultural event of "Far East Fusion" at CSU-Chico (4/9/2011) 2) the development of the 4th annual event of art education exhibition at CSU-Chico (May, 2011) 3) the development of the touring exhibition of children's 4-panel manga art, "Voices from Children: What's Going on in Youth World?" with USSEA (United State for Education through Art:, InSEA (International Society for Education through Art: : May-August, CSU-Chico, Indiana University, Budapest, Hungary, and Amami Ohshima, Japan 2. Projects: 1) the development of an exchange program of English & Japanese between Amami Ohshima, Japan and CSU-Chico with a NPO Amamina < > 2) Same as the above 1-3) 3. Publications: 1) a textbook of art appreciation in high education: "Art Appreciation; Multi-cultural Perspectives (tentative title)" (will be published in August, 2011) 2) a art education book focuses on Japanese visual pop-culture (manga and anime): "Voices from Visual Pop-Culture: Do We Need Art Education? (tentative title)" (will be published sometime early 2012) 3) a visual-pop cultural book: "Girls' Power!: A World of Shojo Manga (tentative title)" (will be published sometime during 2012 or early 2013) My current activity is updating on the following my research blog and website: Visual Cultural Research in Art and Education: Visual pop-culture in Art & Ed: Shojo Manga! Girls' Power:

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

Answer: C. I am a native Japanese speaker.

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: 2005年にはじめて国際交流基金のご支援を受け、北米巡回少女マンガ展示会を2年間開催させていただいたこと(北米9カ所)、またその後続けて参加させていただいた南米アート&レクチャープロジェクト(南米7カ国)にて日本のヴィジュアルポップカルチャー(主にマンガ)を講演させていただいたこれらの得難い経験は、その後の私の研究の方向性に大きな影響を受けることになりました。私の分野である美術教育の枠を超え、日本のヴィジュアルカルチャー(まんがやアニメ)がいかに世界の子ども達の認知能力や美意識に影響を与えるかの研究をしていくこととなりました。心より感謝申し上げます。今後もまた国際交流基金のご協力を得ながら研究をすすめ、また既存のプロジェクトを世界に広めて行きたいと思っています。ご協力心より感謝申し上げます。 I don't know if the above Japanese is readable or not. So let me briefly repeat what I said here again. The wonderful experiences with the JF support last five years encouraged me to develop my research theme of how Japanese visual pop-culture influence to Children's aesthetics and cognitive developments. There are two majors projects that I got a support from the Japan Foundation last five years (2005-2010): one is a North America touring exhibition of Girls' Power! Shojo Manga! (2005-2008 in 9 sites in Canada and the US) and one is a South America Art & Lecture Program (2007 & 2008 in 7 countries). I highly appreciate and expect the JF supports from now on (^_^).

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: 私のフィールドが美術と教育における日本のヴィジュアルポップカルチャー(マンガやアニメ)ですので、これらのフィールドで、もしくは関係するトピックでシンポジウム等を開催いただければ喜んで参加いたします。 My field is visual pop-culture (especially girls' comics) in art and education. If you could organize symposia with the related theme, I would be happy to participate in them. Cheers!