BA, Yale University. MA, PhD, University of California-Berkeley. Special interests include modern Japanese literature and film, ethnic and other minorities in Japan, literature as translation and translating literature. Recipient of a Japan Foundation fellowship; University of California-Berkeley, Townsend Center for the Humanities Fellowship; Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowship. SLC, 2002–
Current undergraduate courses
This course is for students with no previous knowledge of Japanese. Students will develop basic communicative skills in listening comprehension and speaking, as well as skills in reading and writing (katakana, hiragana, and basic kanji) in Japanese. While classes will be devoted primarily to language practice, an understanding of Japanese grammar will also be emphasized as an important basis for continued language learning. Classes will meet three times weekly, and tutorials with a language assistant will meet once a week.
This course is designed for students who have completed Japanese I or its equivalent. Students will continue to develop their skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing while expanding their vocabulary and knowledge of grammar. At the end of the course, students should be able to handle simple communicative tasks and situations effectively, understand simple daily conversations, write short essays, read simple essays, and discuss their content. Class work will be supplemented with weekly group conferences with the instructor. Students will also meet once a week in small groups with a language assistant for tutorials, a mandatory component of the course.