Pre-grad school Japanese/East Asian Studies programs?

TRAN, Si Bang mstchin at
Mon Feb 15 14:22:18 EST 2010

Hello Benito:
I usually just lurk, but I do sometimes de-lurk to make comments or answer questions.  
I am not sure whether this is what you are looking for, but since you are in the New York City area, have you considered Columbia University?  
Columbia University has various programs about Japan, in the Humanities and Social Sciences.  Columbia University even has a program in Hogaku/Gagaku and offers Language training in Kanbun.  I believe that Columbia University is still taking applications for admission to Masters program for Autumn of 2010, and there are some ways to take some courses on non-degree basis and non-matriculated basis.  
In addition, I believe that Prof. Paul J. ANDERERS and Prof. HORI Hikari in Columbia University's Department Of East Asian Languages And Literatures do some work in Japanese Film, as well as someone in the Film Division of the School Of The Arts of Columbia University.  
If you just want to improve your Japanese, Columbia University's Language Resource Center has a Language Maintenance Group/Tutorial, which you might be able to join.  
--- On Sat, 2/13/10, Benito Cachinero <benito.cachinero at> wrote:

> From: Benito Cachinero <benito.cachinero at>
> Subject: Pre-grad school Japanese/East Asian Studies programs?
> To: KineJapan at
> Date: Saturday, February 13, 2010, 7:30 PM
> Hello Kinemaites,
> Robyn Citizen posted a similar question recently, but I
> think that mine is different enough to warrant a separate
> thread.
> I'm soliciting advice about Japan/Japanese/East Asian
> Studies programs that I could become involved with in the
> near-term.
> I intend to apply to graduate school for 2011 (the timing
> such as it is, it looks as though nothing is open for 2010),
> and I have a good idea of what is on offer at various
> locations, but I am looking for an intermediate measure that
> will allow me to get involved with a center or program
> before grad school and hit the ground running, as it were. 
> I've been involved with Japan/Japanese for nine years,
> and I am currently working as a freelance translator from
> Japanese-English, so I have the language component down
> pat.  I was involved with Stanford's Kyoto Center for
> Japanese Studies, received a grant from them (researching
> avant-garde music in the Kansai area), and did coursework at
> Kansai University and Kyoto University from 2005-2007.  I
> am also on the steering committee of a startup non-profit
> geared towards creating grassroots arts and lecture
> programming for the Japanese-speaking community in the San
> Francisco Bay Area.
> My focus up until now has been almost entirely linguistic,
> but I want to use this to branch out into some area of
> arts/social/historical study of Japan.  As evinced by my
> membership on this list, I have more than a glancing
> interest...
> I would also love to do something like high-level language
> training in academic/professional use of Japanese, if such a
> thing exists.
> I know that summer sessions are coming up at many
> institutions, but my impression is that most of these offer
> Japanese targeted at beginners, if anything.
> So, what are my options?  I would prefer to be located in
> the US (not looking to return to Japan quite yet), but
> location is flexible - I can relocate.  FWIW, I'm in
> the New York metro area right now.  I would also prefer to
> be actively involved on a campus or commuting to a center
> for daily instruction rather than continuing what I'm
> doing and going to a tutor occasionally on the side. 
> I'm trying to forge some connections and get
> up-close-and-personal with a faculty and the research
> they're doing, so hiring a Japanese teacher to discuss,
> for e.g., politics with day in and day out, seems, while
> useful, something I could just as well do on my own.  I
> have already worked with private tutors at the Japan
> Societies of New York and Northern California, so I would
> like to do something more intensive.
> I did try contacting the Monterey Institute of
> International Studies because I see they offer a custom
> language-training component, but I haven't heard
> anything from them.
> Very interested to hear your replies.  Let
> me know if you need some more specifics.
> -- 
> Benito Cachinero

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