search/admin/spider_custom.php search/search.php fellowship_survey/survey.php Fellow Follow-up Survey Details - Ronald Loftus

PF (1983), RF (2006)

Fellow Information:
First Name
Ronald
Middle Name
P.
Last Name
Loftus
Sex
Male
Organization
Willamette University
Title
c/o Department of Japanese and Chinese
Contact Address:
Address Type
Home
Address 1
900 State St.
Address 2 (optional)
 
City
Salem
State
OR
Zip Code
97301
Country
United States
Telephone
503 370-6275
Email
rloftus@willamette.edu
*Survey URL
http://www.jfny.org/fellowship_survey/survey.php?id=3901&sid=eb57ffbd80a0259bf3e9f936e211d9c2
Questions:
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: History

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

Answer: Although my degree is in Modern Japanese History, I have taught Japanese language since my teaching career began in 1977. I currently teach a broad range of Japan-related courses at a small liberal arts college including language, history, film studies, literature and both freshman and senior seminars. My webpage is available at www.willamette.edu/~rloftus

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

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

Answer: Very profoundly. I was a JF Fellow twice. Once in 1984 for just 5 months. I was affiliated with University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus, Department of Comparative Literature and Culture. This is when I began my reading project on autobiography in modern Japan. Eventually, I published a book with University of Hawaii Press, Telling Lives: women's Self-Writing in Modern Japan (2004) which won a prize for best book on women's autobiographical writing by te Western Association of Women Historians. My second experience as a JF Fellow was in 2007. I spent 7 months in Tokyo affiliated with Ochanomizu Women's University and I have completed a second book manuscript which I hope to have published in 2011 or 2012.

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: Good idea. occasional gatherings alternating east and west coasts might be a good idea.