search/admin/spider_custom.php search/search.php fellowship_survey/survey.php Fellow Follow-up Survey Details - Robert BARON

SF (2009)

Fellow Information:
First Name
Middle Name
Last Name
New York State Council on the Arts
Folk Arts Program Director
Contact Address:
Address Type
Address 1
175 Varick Street
Address 2 (optional)
New York
Zip Code
United States
212 741-7755
*Survey URL
1. Are you enaged in Japanese Studies?

Answer: C. Yes, I am engaged in Japanese Studies personally, but not at an institution or organization.

Field of Study: Other

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

Answer: I am an independent scholar who also directs the Folk Arts Program at the New York State Council on the Arts.

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

Answer: D.Other (Used translators for my work 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: Through the fellowship, I was able to expand my scholarship beyond Japan to encompass Japanese cultural policy, and the safeguarding and sustaining of folk arts in Japan. I was able to initiate ongoing collaborations with Japanese folklorists who served as translators and co-researchers during my fellowship, and we presented together at the American Folklore Society annual meeting in Nashville in October. Further publications will likely follow, including publications with a comparative Japan/U.S. focus.

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: A list serve and/or discussion forum relating to specific fields of Japan studies would be helpful