search/admin/spider_custom.php search/search.php fellowship_survey/survey.php Fellow Follow-up Survey Details - Patricia PRINGLE

DF (1993)

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Japan-America Communications, LLC
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3209 Springcrest Drive
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United States
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1. Are you enaged in Japanese Studies?

Answer: B. Yes, I am engaged in Japanese Studies at another kind of organization.

Field of Study: Business

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

Answer: I am a professional Japanese to English translator and interpreter, based in Louisville Kentucky. I also work as a consultant for Japan Intercultural Consulting, working with Americans and Japanese who are doing business together in the US. I work with Japanese and Americans who wish to improve their cultural competency, avoid misunderstandings and work more profitably together. As part of my work, I write a monthly column for Japan Close-up: I also participate in Noh Theatre training at the University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Noh Society. Last year I contributed a chapter on postwar Bunraku theatre in the book: Rising from the Flames : The Rebirth of Theater in Occupied Japan, 1945-1952 edited by Samuel Leiter

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

Answer: B. I learned it at a special language training school. (The Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies)

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

Answer: NO

5. Have you earned a doctoral degree?

Answer: YES
Year: 1999
Field: Theatre & Dance
University: University of Hawaii at Manoa

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

Answer: I am eternally grateful to the Japan Foundation for providing the fellowship that enabled me to carry out field research in Osaka from October 1993 to October 1994 on the history of Japanese Bunraku theatre. I was able to interview many key figures in 20th century Bunraku theatre and learn valuable information about relations between performers and patrons in the Meiji Taisho and early Showa periods. This formed the basis of my dissertation, °»Patronage of Gidayū narrative performers of Japanese bunraku puppet theatre 1868-1945.°… I am grateful that I was able to devote a whole year to this work and interview my contacts while they were still healthy and active. I later taught at Morehouse College and Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. My subsequent job search was unsuccessful, however, and I was obliged to take a job at Panasonic in order to support my family. I wish that I could have continued in the field so I could repay in some small way the generosity of the Japan Foundation. I do remain active in the field of cross-cultural communication and writing about Japan.

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 like the idea very much but do not have any suggestions about the details.