search/admin/spider_custom.php search/search.php fellowship_survey/survey.php Fellow Follow-up Survey Details - STEVE RABSON

PF (1983), RF (1999)

Fellow Information:
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Middle Name
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Brown University
Professor Emeritus of East Asian Studies
Contact Address:
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Address 1
218 Waterman Street
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Apt. 205C
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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: Literature

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

Answer: I am doing the final editing of proofs for my book The Okinawan Diaspora in Japan: Crossing the Borders Within (University of Hawaii Press, forthcoming 2011), and am co-editing, with Davinder Bhowmik (University of Washington, Seattle), a second anthology of modern Okinawan literature in English translation.

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

Answer: D.Other ( )

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 fellowship supported my research in Japan for two books: 1. Righteous Cause or Tragic Folly: Changing Views of War in Modern Japanese Poetry (Japanese Studies Center, University of Michugan, 1998) 2. The Okinawan Diaspora in Jaopan: Crossing the Borders Within (University of Hawaii Press, forthcoming 2011) For both books, I collected materials and conducted interviews. For the second book, I also distributed a questionnaire survey to Okinawans living in mainland 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: Creating a data base of fellows' research specialties would be useful for the U.S. media when they cover Japan. The Foundation might also consider sponsoring forums on current issues, such as military bases in Okinawa and Japan's relations with China and Korea. These issues should be discussed not only in the context of politics and diplomacy, but also as reflected in culture and the media.