As a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award, the most prestigious teaching award given to graduate teaching assistants at the University of Washington, Dr. Sachi Schmidt-Hori hoped to teach at a liberal arts college after graduation. Being able to teach Japan-related courses at Furman University is a dream come true for Schmidt-Hori. This summer, she will spend three months at the University of Washington as a visiting scholar to develop Furman's first Asian linguistics course: Languages of Asia. She is very excited to be here and looks forward to being a part of this ever-growing department.

Experience in Asia

Dr. Sachi Schmidt-Hori was born and raised in Japan until she came to the United States in 1997.

Name Title Description

AST-270

Languages of Asia

A linguistic introduction to the languages of China, India, and Japan emphasizing the structure of the languages, the divergent writing systems, lexical borrowing and development, language policy, and sociocultural considerations such as class and gender distinctions as well as honorifics.

JPN-110

Elementary Japanese I

Introduction to the sound system and grammatical structures necessary to develop listening and speaking skills in Japanese. Initial reading and writing exercises with some of the basic Japanese characters. An appreciation of Japanese culture underlies the orientation of the course.

JPN-120

Elementary Japanese II

Continuation of work on the sound system and grammatical structures necessary to develop listening and speaking skills in Japanese, including initial reading and writing exercises with some of the basic Japanese characters. An appreciation of Japanese culture underlies the orientation of this course.

JPN-235

Classical Japanese Literature

The development of classical Japanese literature from the seventh century to 1858, when Japan opened its doors to the West. Reading representative texts in English translation in various genres from various periods.

  • Turrell V. Wylie Scholarship (2012); Graduate School Presidential Fellowship (2012).
  • Elizabeth Kerr Macfarlane Endowed Scholarship in the Humanities (2011-12).
  • Excellence in Teaching Award (2009); Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (2001-2, Summer 2002, Winter & Spring 2006).
  • "The New Lady-in-Waiting Is a Chigo: Sexual Fluidity and Dual Transvestism in a Medieval Acolyte Tale." Japanese Language and Literature vol. 43 no. 2 (October, 2009), pp. 383-423.
Education
Ph.D. in Japanese Literature
University of Washington
MA in Japanese Linguistics
University of Washington
BA in American Studies
Obirin University, Tokyo

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