Pre-grad school Japanese/East Asian Studies programs?

Benito Cachinero benito.cachinero at
Mon Feb 15 13:35:35 EST 2010

Thank you, Markus!

I had a look at their website.  Interestingly enough, the deadline for Fall
2010 was as late as January 15th.  Too bad this slipped under my radar.  I
do see that they offer non-degree coursework at the center under some
circumstances, however.

I am thinking of contacting them; is there a staff member in particular you
would direct me to?  (If you are familiar with the CJS).


On Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 1:23 PM, Mark Nornes <amnornes at> wrote:

> One possibility is Michigan's Center for Japanese Studies, which has a
> terminal MA that would probably suit your needs. We often have students who
> aren't sure quite what they want to do in a PhD, but do want graduate
> training as a way of easing in. At this point, language training that
> advanced is in classical Japanese and literature courses where you're
> reading everything in Japanese.
> Good luck,
> Markus
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> On Feb 13, 2010, at 10:30 PM, Benito Cachinero wrote:
> 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

Benito Cachinero
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