Travel Grants: UC Berkeley Conference, Tokugawa and the Visual World

The Regime and the Scene. Or, What Difference Did the Tokugawa Shogunate Make to the Visual World of Early Modern Japan?

Friday, October 28, 2016
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Women’s Faculty Club Lounge
University of California, Berkeley
“Visual World” is spongy shorthand for the physical, representational, and conceptual space of the Edo period. It can conjure the imagery of painting, prints, cartography and other texts. It can conjure urban planning and cityscapes, architecture and infrastructure, and the “look” of the built landscape (from the scale of construction to the universe of night). It can conjure interiors and clothing.
  •         Mary Elizabeth Berry, Department of History, UCB
  •         Julie Nelson Davis, Department of the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania
  •         Matthew McKelway, Department of Art History, Columbia University
  •         Timon Screech, Department of the History of Art, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
  •         Kären Wigen, Department of HIstory, Stanford University
  •         Marcia Yonemoto, Department of HIstory, University of Colorado
We shall provide up to ten travel grants (of $300 each) for graduate students. To apply, please send a brief C.V. and description of your research interests to
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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Asian American Studies, Wellesley College

Call for Applications
Institution: Wellesley College
Location: Wellesley, Massachusetts
Position: Postdoctoral fellowship in Asian American Studies

Dates: Two-year position, beginning Fall 2017
Application Deadline: December 1, 2016

Wellesley College invites applications for a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Asian American studies, to begin Fall 2017. Candidates should have received the Ph.D. within the past three years. Preference will be given to the fields of history, ethnic studies, American Studies, anthropology, and sociology. The Fellow will have a relationship with the Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College. The Fellow will teach one course in each semester of the fellowship, including an introductory course in Asian American Studies. The Fellow will also be expected to advise students and participate in programming for American Studies. The fellowship includes eligibility for research and travel awards.

Please submit only in electronic form the following: a letter of application, a c.v., a graduate school transcript, a brief statement of teaching experience and research interests, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation (the online application will request names/email addresses so that recommenders or dossier services may submit the letters directly), to Applications must be received by December 1, 2016. If circumstances do not allow you to submit materials through our online application system, please email us at

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Book Announcement: Too Few Women at the Top: The Persistence of Inequality in Japan

toofewToo Few Women at the Top: 
The Persistence of Inequality in Japan
Kumiko Nemoto
ILR Press

The number of women in positions of power and authority in Japanese companies has remained small despite the increase in the number of educated women and the passage of legislation on gender equality. InToo Few Women at the Top, Kumiko Nemoto draws on theoretical insights regarding Japan’s coordinated capitalism and institutional stasis to challenge claims that the surge in women’s education and employment will logically lead to the decline of gender inequality and eventually improve women’s status in the Japanese workplace.

Nemoto’s interviews with diverse groups of workers at three Japanese financial companies and two cosmetics companies in Tokyo reveal the persistence of vertical sex segregation as a cost-saving measure by Japanese companies. Women’s advancement is impeded by customs including seniority pay and promotion, track-based hiring of women, long working hours, and the absence of women leaders. Nemoto contends that an improvement in gender equality in the corporate system will require that Japan fundamentally depart from its postwar methods of business management. Only when the static labor market is revitalized through adoption of new systems of cost savings, employee hiring, and rewards will Japanese women advance in their chosen professions. Comparison with the situation in the United States makes the author’s analysis of the Japanese case relevant for understanding the dynamics of the glass ceiling in U.S. workplaces as well.

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Job Opening: Student Exchange Program Manager, States’ 4-H International Exchange Programs

job opening - 5Employer: States’ 4-H International Exchange Programs
Location: Seattle, WA
Posted August 30, 2016
Education: Bachelor’s degree

4-H is the largest youth development organization in the USA, growing confident young people who are empowered both for life today and prepared for careers tomorrow. 4-H is found in more than 70 countries around the world. In the United States, 4-H is a community of six million young people learning leadership, citizenship, and critical life skills.

States’ 4-H International Exchange (States’ 4-H) is a not-for-profit organization with a commitment to enhance world understanding and global citizenship through high-quality cultural immersion and exchange programs for 4-H youth (age 9 – 18) since 1972. States’ 4-H coordinates short and long term inbound & outbound programs. Students live with volunteer host families, build friendships, and develop an international perspective, cultural competencies, and communication and leadership skills that serve them throughout their lives.

The Program Manager is responsible for implementing and executing all aspects of States’ 4-H exchange short-term inbound programs. The individual must display the tact and intellect necessary to effectively direct and retain a dedicated team of coordinators and volunteers, and be able to effectively motivate teams to take action when necessary. This position requires initiative, ownership, diplomacy, high cross-cultural competency, well-balanced judgment, attention to detail, creative solutions, a results-driven approach, professional demeanor (often under stressful circumstances), and both compassion and leadership. This position works in a small office environment.


Manage and administer all aspects of international short-term inbound student exchange programs (currently 7 exchanges with approximately 700 participants, Japan Inbound being the largest program): planning, implementation, daily operational administration, financial tracking, and execution including providing support and guidance to staff/volunteers in the US and foreign partners, vetting online host family applications, overseeing timely placement of students with host families, conducting orientation, and monitoring/handling student issues.

Help identify program improvements and better policies, participate in the bi-annual board meetings with international partners, and develop/revise program materials for the organization, coordinators, students and host families.

Evaluate and analyze all aspects of the inbound programs, perform research, compile data, and write reports for the organization’s Annual Reports and other publications.

Help organization with branding, marketing and social media advancement. Maintain/develop organization’s websites and social media; create promotional materials and other publications.|

Analyze, strategize and help develop and expand inbound programs. Represent the organization at meetings, conferences, and other functions; travel and work with U.S. and international partners as necessary.

Solicit, compile and write articles, as well as design the organization’s Annual Newsletter.

Assist in planning, coordination, and execution of the organization’s Annual Coordinators’ Conference, while also conducting workshops and training for the coordinators and volunteers.

Assist in other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree (B.A, B.S.) plus 2 – 4 years related experience in an office environment or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
    US citizen or permanent resident; must pass criminal background check.
  • Must exhibit strong interest in youth development, belief in the value of international student exchange and commitment to following program requirements in order to achieve educational goals.
  • Strong project management skills, including systematic implementation of plans, strong attention to detail, ability to be self-organized, flexibility, and ability to juggle multiple priorities.
  • Must be able to creatively identify solutions, possess excellent judgement, think independently, and remain focused on a positive end result.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills including presentation skills and business writing skills with intercultural sensitivity.
  • Personal intercultural or international exchange experience, proficiency in a foreign language (especially Japanese) is a plus.
  • Relationship management skills are critical. Diplomacy and exemplary interpersonal skills required. Must have the ability to work effectively with people with different levels of experience and expertise from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Speaks clearly and persuasively in all situations with intercultural awareness while adhering to program policies. Experience in counseling and/or mediation is a plus.
  • Ability to thrive in a fluctuating environment. Work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines without compromising program quality.
  • Must be a cooperative team player.
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher and Power Point.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite a plus.
  • Occasional travel required (10 – 15 days per year; national)

To apply, see original posting at

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Job Opening: Asian Studies, University of Hawaii-Manoa

job opening - 5Institution:  University of Hawaii – Manoa, School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Asian Studies
Location:  Hawaii, United States
Position:  Assistant Professor, Asian Studies

Assistant Professor, Asian Studies: The Asian Studies Program, School of Pacific and Asian Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, seeks an Asianist to fill a 9-month, tenure-track, full-time assistant professorship (position number 0088773), to begin August 1, 2017, pending availability of funds. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The candidate must have a demonstrated expertise in South Asia or Japan/Okinawa, and the ability to teach interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate courses that cross area boundaries in Asia.

Duties and responsibilities include developing and teaching four Asian Studies courses per year, advising undergraduate and graduate students, maintaining an active agenda of scholarly research and publication; participating, as appropriate, in program-building and other service work for the University and academic community; and working collaboratively and collegially with diverse groups of students and faculty.

Minimum Qualifications: earned PhD (in hand at time of appointment) from a university of recognized standing in a humanities, social science or related interdisciplinary field with emphasis on South Asia or Japan/Okinawa. Research competence in a South Asian language or Japanese and evidence of active research agenda in Asia. Ability to develop and teach innovative inter-Asia courses at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Desirable Qualifications: we are particularly interested in candidates whose work addresses issues of concern in contemporary Asia, such as environmental issues, social and cultural movements, non-traditional security issues, or the arts.

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter indicating how they satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications, current curriculum vitae, transcripts for highest degree (copies acceptable; official/original transcripts from institution to institution required upon hire), sample publication or dissertation chapter, syllabi (graduate or undergraduate) for a South Asia or Japan/Okinawa course and an inter-Asia seminar, and three letters of reference (under separate cover directly from referees)

Applications must be received no later than November 15, 2016. Electronic submission is preferred. Candidates for interviews will be notified by January 31, 2017.

Mailing Address:

University of Hawaii, School of Pacific and Asian Studies
Asian Studies Program
1890 East West Road, Moore 416
Attn: Barbara Watson Andaya, Asian Studies Chair
Honolulu, HI 96822

Inquiries only:   Dr. Barbara Watson Andaya; 808-956-4735;

The University of Hawai‘i is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, genetic information, marital status, breastfeeding, income assignment for child support, arrest and court record (except as permissible under State law), sexual orientation, domestic or sexual violence victim status, national guard absence, or status as a covered veteran.

Employment is contingent on satisfying employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; reference checks of previous employers; and for certain positions, criminal history record checks.

In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, annual campus crime statistics for the University of Hawaii may be viewed at:, or a paper copy may be obtained upon request from the respective UH Campus Security or Administrative Services Office.


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Fun Link Friday: Japanese Pronouns

Still working through the international move and accompanying jetlag– sorry for lack of Fun Link Fridays lately! Here’s a quickie fun link for the linguistic nerds among us!

tvtropesSure, if you’ve studied Japanese you know some of the basic pronouns you hear in everyday conversation like watashi 私, atashi あたし, boku 僕, ore 俺, and some others. But have you ever heard of unu 汝, washi 儂, or maro 麿? Some pronouns you’ll find in today’s link are modern developments, others historical uses most people have forgotten. Test your knowledge of obscure first-, second-, and third-person pronouns with this handy list put out by TV Tropes!


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Funding: University of Chicago Library Travel Grants

money [150-2]The Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago (CEAS) is pleased to announce that Library Travel Grants are available for AY2016-2017. CEAS Library Travel Grants are designed to assist scholars from outside the Chicago metropolitan area in their use of University of Chicago’s East Asian collections for research related to China, Japan and Korea.

Priority consideration is given to those at institutions where there are no or few library resources in the East Asian languages, and no major East Asian library collections are available nearby. There will be a limited number of grants available in 2016-2017, of up to $500 each, to be awarded on a merit basis to faculty members, graduate students, and independent scholars engaged in research.

Rolling applications are accepted each year. For more information, please visit or contact CEAS at

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