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
Middle Name
Last Name
Willamette University
c/o Department of Japanese and Chinese
Contact Address:
Address Type
Address 1
900 State St.
Address 2 (optional)
Zip Code
United States
503 370-6275
*Survey URL
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

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.