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2/20/2005

自己紹介: Nick Kapur

Filed under: — Nick Kapur @ 12:46 am

I’m doctoral student at Harvard University in International History, with a focus on US-Japan relations. At least for now that is, as Konrad is doing his best to drag me all the way into Japanese history. I am especially interested in Japanese military culture, postwar US-Japan economic ties, Japanese environmental policy, and the evolution of the Japanese education system, but I’m pretty much interested in everything else too, so don’t be surprised to see me post on Japanese baseball or Kusunoki Masashige or something.

I spent last year in Japan, where I lived in Takarazuka (yes, that Takarazuka), taught English, and spent most of my free time visiting 古墳 and 古戦場.

6 Responses to “自己紹介: Nick Kapur”

  1. Helen says:

    What Takarazuka?

  2. Sayaka says:

    Wow were you in Takarazuka? It is my hometown!

  3. Takurazuka is the site of Japan’s world famous all-female acting company, now approaching a century old.

    Nick: Welcome to the crew! Who are you working with?

  4. Nick Kapur says:

    I’m working with Akira Iriye.

  5. [...] With PhD oral exams only precious weeks away for both my roommate and I, the desperate race is on to synthesize all our notes, remember the various arguments made by the many authors we have read, and read, skim or read reviews of any straggler works on each of our four book lists that we were supposed to have read ages ago but haven’t even looked at yet. While my examining advisors seem to be most interested in “big picture” questions, broad narratives, and problem-based discussions rather than wanting to use the rite of passage known as “orals” to check our memory of dates and details, we still have to know the facts. It wouldn’t do for me to place the Kwangju massacre in April 1960, for example. The facts are, as one of my old professors described it with an unusual laundry metaphor, “the clothes pins upon which we hang the sheets of history.” Enter tools such as the personally compiled timeline, people lists, and books like this encyclopedia which, except for a few topical essays, resembles a massive thousand page timeline. [...]

  6. Colleen says:

    This website is so cool! How did you not mention this in Japanese class? Anyway, I hope all’s going well. 京都が楽しいですが私達の日本語の授業をミスしているよ。では、お元気でね!

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