• Chair; Professor of Asian Studies; Professor of Modern Lainguages and Literatures
  • 864.294.3184
  • Furman Hall 222A
  • shusuke.yagi@furman.edu
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Experience in Asia

Japan, Thailand

Name Title Description

ANT-204

Mdrn Japanese Scty Thru Films

Survey of various facets of modern Japanese society and culture, including family, community, ethnicity, life cycle, education, gender, religion, work, popular culture, as well as cultural aspects of economic and political systems through readings and films.

ANT-205

Japanese Popular Culture

An introduction to contemporary popular Japanese culture that has become globally popular, including Japanese animated films, Manga cartoon, video games, Cosplay (costume play enactment of video game and anime characters), J-Pop music, and karaoke. Through watching, listening, selected readings, and discussion, issues of gender, cultural identity, sexuality, technology, hybridity, and globalization will be addressed.

AST-470

Seminar in Asian Studies

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.

JPN-265

Japanese Language House

Using primarily media such as newspapers, magazines (accessible through the Internet), film, and TV, students living in the language houses meet regularly to discuss current topics of concern to the societies under study. Requirements include keeping a journal throughout the year and presenting a project at the conclusion of the course in oral and written form. The target language is used for all discussions and written work.

JPN-266

Japanese Language House

Using primarily media such as newspapers, magazines (accessible through the Internet), film, and TV, students living in the language houses meet regularly to discuss current topics of concern to the societies under study. Requirements include keeping a journal and presenting a project at the conclusion of the course in oral and written form. The target language is used for all discussions and written work.

JPN-470

Japanese Studies Thesis

Guided research, translation, and writing on a topic in a field of Japanese Studies in which the student has had previous course work. The student will propose a thesis project to a faculty member in the field of Japanese Studies who by approving it becomes the thesis advisor.

Recent Honors

  • Furman Standard (2011) (one of the six active Furman faculty members honored for their teaching and mentoring)

Professional memberships

  • Modern Language Association
  • Phi Sigma Iota
  • Association of Teachers of Japanese
  • Association for Asian Studies
  • Association of Japanese Literature Studies
  • Royal Anthropological Institute (Fellow), Great Britain

Academic interests

  • transdisciplinary studies
  • religion
  • Japanese literature
  • literary theory
  • myths and folklore
  • non-western episteme
  • self-organizing systems
  • political ideology and kingship
  • cosmology
  • philosophy of sciences
  • psychological anthropology

Research interests

  • Japanese Popular Culture
  • Modern Japanese Literature, in particular Yamamoto Shugoro and Takeda Taijun
  • Systems Theory

Publications

  • Japanese View of Nature: The World of Living Things by Kinji Imanishi. London and New York: RoutledgeCurzon. 2002 (2003 Paperback);
  • Review of Refuge of the Honored: Social Organization in a Japanese Retirement Community. In Journal of Asian and African Studies;
  • "Santi Asoke." In Tai no Jiten (Encyclopedia of Thailand). Yoneo Ishii (ed.). Kyoto: Dohosha. In Japanese.
Education
Ph.D.
University of Washington
M.A.
University of Washington
B.A.
International Christian University, Tokyo

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