The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership’s 2011-2012 grant funded the
Anderson/Japan Foundation Lecture - On March 11, 2012, the one
year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, the College hosted an event
to recognize and celebrate the resilience of the Japanese people. The event was
entitled Postscripts from Japan: Stories that Endure After the Earthquake and Tsunami,
and featured Ambassador of Japan to the United States, His Excellency Ichiro Fujisaki;
and National Public Radio Correspondent, Yuki Nogichi.
View the event here.
The Taylor Anderson/Japan Foundation Scholarship allowed an exceptional
Japanese language student, Amy Donavan ’14, to attend the intensive, accredited
summer language immersion program at Middlebury College’s Language Institute.
The Taylor Anderson/Japan Foundation Japanese Scholar-In-Residence
allowed Randolph-Macon the opportunity to enrich its Japanese curricular offerings
by adding a Japanese Studies scholar. Professor Wakaba Tasaka taught Love and Crime
in Modern Japanese Literature and Culture of Japan.
The Taylor Anderson/Japan Foundation Memorial Collection of Japanese Literature
and Film provides additional volumes to R-MC’s
McGraw-Page Library’s strong collection of Japanese classics. This is
a special tribute to Taylor Anderson ’08 who was an avid reader.
A Spring Workshop and Website for Virginia Teachers was offered
to Virginia elementary, middle, and high school teachers of history, geography,
world language and literature. The seminar provided teachers the opportunity to
engage in the study, analysis, and discussion of topics related to Japanese history,
geography, and culture. Topics of study included the use of music in Japanese film,
Japanese history and the opening of Japan, Japanese literature, Japanese religion,
Japanese mathematics, and Japonisme. A website of reference material for attendees
and non-attendees can be found
Faculty Travel to Japan
took place in July 2012. The purpose of this faculty travel was to further educate
and prepare faculty to integrate Japanese studies into their curriculum and where
possible lead student study/travel courses to Japan. The trip evolved into a robust
set of activities, tours, and visits, including a number of scholar and practitioner
visits. Read about their exploration and experiences through their