search/admin/spider_custom.php search/search.php fellowship_survey/survey.php Fellow Follow-up Survey Details - Naoki SAKAI

RF (1997)

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Cornell University
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280 Coy Glen Road
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United States
607 277 5209
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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: Literature

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

Answer: Naoki Sakai has published in the fields of comparative literature, comparative intellectual history, translation studies, the studies of racism and nationalism, and comparative colonialism. His publications include: 'Translation and Subjectivity' (in English, Japanese, Korean and German forthcoming); 'Voices of the Past' (in English & Japanese; Korean forthcoming); 'Japan/Image/the United States: The Community of Sympathy and Imperial Nationalisms' (in Japanese and Korean); 'Hope and the Constitution' ( in Japanese; Korean forthcoming). He has been working for 'Traces, a multi-lingual series of cultural theory and translation,' which is published in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, English and German (Spanish version forthcoming next year). He served as its founding senior editor (1996 – 2004). Currently he is working on two book manuscripts, 'Dislocation of the West' and 'Philosophy and Imperial Nationalism.'

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: Thanks to the Japan Foundation Fellowship, I could live and teach in Japan for one year and get to know many more scholars in Japan. It was also a precious experience to observe how Japanese people felt and lived in their everyday life in the late 1990's. Since I was away from Japan for two decades, I wanted to know how Japanese society had changed. I was astonished how drastically Japan changed since the 1970's and discovered that the basic patters of Japanese behavior that the Japan experts assumed were totally irrelevant. My guess was really confirmed.

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: It would be very nice to emphasize international connections and transnational projects in this forum. The old area studies format is now largely useless, so we must create a new model for the different types of area studies. On this topic, transnational conversation among the scholars working on Japan and East Asia will play a very productive role.