search/admin/spider_custom.php search/search.php fellowship_survey/survey.php Fellow Follow-up Survey Details - RONALD SULESKI

PF (1973), PF (1978)

Fellow Information:
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Suffolk University
Director, Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies, Professor of History
Contact Address:
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Suffolk University 41 Temple Street Dean's Office, Boston, MA 02114
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(Home) 32 Clarendon Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140
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United States
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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: History

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

Answer: Recent work has been on the Manchuria Youth Corps سľǯͦ. I lectured about this topic in Japan in 2006, and Aichi Univerdsity published my lecture in a small booklet. I published an English language artivcle on this topic in 2005. This was the topic I was researching while on the Jpaan Foundation Fellowship in 1979. I published my first article on this topic about 1981 (?) Further, I am working with scholars studying ཧԢ. We will have a panle on this topic at the AAS meeting in Maech 2011. This was another area I research while in Tokyo with the Japan Foundation.

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

Answer: A. I learned it at a university. (University of Michigan/Indiana University)

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: The experience had a critical impact on my career. Because of the excitement of being in Japan and doing full-time research there, I decided to remain in Japan, where I lived and worked from 1980 to 1997. After returning to the US and being at Harvard (200 to 2009), I reworked some of my earlier research on the Youth Corps, published a second arfticle on the topic, and prepared the lecture that I have given in Japan and the US. The opportunity to work in Japan allowed me to meet many Jpaanese scholars, to become familiar with their work, and to count myself as part of the corps of scholars working on the critical topics concerning Japan and China in the 1930s.

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 have comed to greatly respect the scholarship of Japanesse scholars. Regardless of the Asia-related field I am exploring, I find their precise and detailed research is helpful to me...often it is my first guide into the subject field. Individual scholars have shown kindness to me throughout my career. I treasure those connections. The connections continue, and some scholars still send me copies of their major publications, articles, etc. There have been changes in scholarly approaches. When I first went to Japan in the 1970s, the field was divided between Left and Right, pro-PRC and pro-Taiwan. The Marxist approach was strong. These days, somce Japanese scohlars use a very American-based logic and even vocabularly in their work. The insightsa of Japanese scholars and their interpretive frameworks are always well-grounded and critical to understand.