search/admin/spider_custom.php search/search.php fellowship_survey/survey.php Fellow Follow-up Survey Details - YOSHIKO WADA

PF (1979), RF (1995)

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World Shibori Network, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
President, Adjunct Professor
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696 Hilldale Ave
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United States
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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: Art, Creative

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

Answer: On going publication/ research projects, a book on Boro textiles and related fashion, artwork global traditions of mending will be published next year, hopefully) (own professional site) (World Shibori Network site; please note: Slow Fiber Studios which I am leading the programs for) (next International Shibori Symposium in Hong Kong I am co-chairing. 27 Dec 2011 - 2 Jan 2012) (last ISS in France I co-chaired in 2008)

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

Answer: C. I am a native Japanese speaker.

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 1979 Fellowship (I lived in Japan until 1981) enabled me to conduct valuable (many artisans passed away and with them skills and technical knowledge and artistry) research which resulted in a definitive book on SHIBORI (Kodansha International 1983) which is now in its 17th printing and still going strong. The experience, knowledge and accomplishment enabled me to obtain Indo-US Sub-commission Fellowship (CIES) and further study the art in a broader context and to establish professional relationships in India to organize an International Symposium in Ahmedabad and to continue working with artisans on Indian sub-continent. The 1997 Fellowship (lived in Japan for 14 months) enable me to research Japanese textile industry since late 1800s up to 1960s which prompted me to look into women's history and new marketing paradigm as well as the Japanese designs impacted by the West. I have presented the research at conferences, written articles, advised museums on the subject. I am currently working on a publication and preparing an exhibition.

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: THEMES: My field of interest and audience is TEXTILE, FASHION, CLOTHING, DESIGN and their relationship to a broader social, economic, political, cultural changes in recent Japan during the time MODERNIZATION, WESTERNIZATION, and INDUSTRIALIZATION have impacted ASIAN countries forever and ISSUES, PROBLEMS risen from these changes and how we can SUSTAIN the VALUES for future. FORMAT: Conferences is good but always hard to sustain the dynamic and is short of concrete result. I am interested in a way to actually make changes. This means a way to continue the dialogs and perpetuate the work. Maybe this day and age, it must be with internet. However, there has to be a core group who would be supply the fuel to keep that machine running.