Alumni Updates: Japanese

  • Anime Voice Actors Visit
    Are you a fan of anime? Curious about the people whose give voice to characters in English?  Two celebrity voice actors, Yuri Lowenthal (W&M '93) and Tara Platt, will be visiting campus this weekend to host master classes and an open-to-the-public Q&A panel discussion.  Among many other projects, they have voiced the characters of Sasuke and Temari in the English-language release of Naruto, and Yuri voiced Keigo Atobe in The Prince of Tennis, and Suzaku Kururugi in Code Geass.  Please join them for the Panel Discussion as they discuss their work and the industry.
    Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt
    Q&A Panel: open to the public
    Sat. Nov. 8
    6:30 - 8:00 pm
    Andrews 101
  • Before J-horror: Prewar and Postwar Japanese ‘Kaiki’ Cinema Kaiki talkAlong with anime, manga, and video games, Japanese horror films of the past fifteen years have been one of the country’s most successful cultural exports. Pictures like The Ring, The Grudge, and Pulse frightened audiences worldwide and were turned into big-budget Hollywood remakes. But while the films that made up the “J-horror” boom quickly became the object of much international interest and study, the preceding seventy years of popular Japanese horror movie history remains largely unknown outside of Japan. Come get into the Halloween spirit and learn about "kaiki" cinema from Mike Crandol, W&M alum and current University of Minnesota PhD candidate.  Mike will give a public lecture on Thursday, October 30th, from 5:00 - 6:30, in Blair 223. This discussion will focus on what came before J-horror, and the dilemmas of applying the English-language generic category “horror” to the cinema of a non-English speaking culture. We will examine kaiki eiga or “weird/bizarre films” from the 1920s through the 1960s that represent a genre marked in part by a blending of kabuki stage traditions with the style and conventions of Hollywood horror. We will find out why some American and European horror films get labeled kaiki in Japan while others do not, what conspired to bring about the death of the kaiki genre in the 1970s, and what inspired its ghastly, partial resurrection in the guise of J-horror. Mike graduated from W&M in 2007 with a double-major in East Asian Studies and English Literature.
  • Berman, Michael (’05) Michael Berman '05 is in the master's program of social sciences at the University of Chicago. (2007)
  • Bubb, Chris (Class of 2010) (BA Global & East Asian Studies): In the fall, Chris will be heading to Shika, Ishikawa, Japan to teach English in Junior High and Elementary schools.(Updated 2010)
  • Crandol, Mike (’07) Mike Crandol '07 is currently in University of Minnesota's Ph.D. program in Asian Literatures, Cultures, and Media, and attended Stanford University's InterUniversity Center Japanese language program in Yokohama Japan 2009-2010. Mike is working on Nakagawa Nobuo, a horror-movie director from the 1950s and 60s who influenced the J-Horror boom. He has also written reviews of Asian entertainment on (2011)
  • Davy, Jenny (’08) Jenny Davy '08 did a year of study abroad in Tokyo at Keio University. She went on to a two-year course of study at the Cooperstown Graduate Program doing a Master of Arts degree in History Museum Studies. (2008)
  • DeMars, Jeff (’11) Jeff DeMars '11 started a job at the Japan Information and Cultural Center, Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C.  He is working as the Webmaster/Office Manager for the JICC and is really enjoying working with everyone, planning events, and updating the website. (2011)
  • Kennedy, Pam (’10) Pam Kennedy '10 is working in bank examination with the Federal Reserve Bank out in Los Angeles. Her examination team will work with many Japanese, Taiwanese, and Chinese banks. (2011)
  • Kinyo Award Recognizes Japanese Excellence

    Top row: Ranzini and Lee. Bottom row: Schiano di Cola and Madrid

    The Japanese section congratulates the recipients of the 2012 Kinyo Prize for Excellence in Japanese.  The Kinyo Prize was established through the generous support of Mr. Kazuo Nakamura of Kinyo Virginia, Inc. This prize is given annually to recognize the hard work and achievements of the top student at each level of our Japanese program. This year’s recipients are: in fourth year, David Ranzini; in third year, Seulhee Lee; in second year, Amanda Schiano di Cola; and, in first year, Luis Madrid. All four have distinguished themselves by their diligence and their accomplishment over the course of the year.  おめでとう!  
  • Klaasse, Lauren (’11) Lauren Klaasse '11 is starting a graduate program in Public Policy at George Mason University. (2011)
  • Locke, Megan (’10) Megan Locke '10 is on the JET program teaching English in Japan. (2010)
  • Luebke, Peter (’05) Peter Luebke '05 is currently a student in the graduate program on Southern History in the American History Ph.D. program at University of Virginia. He has an article, “Maruo Suehiro’s ‘Planet of the Jap’: Revanchist Fantasy or War Critique?”  that he co-authored with Professor Rachel DiNitto, forthcoming in the Australian journal Japanese Studies. (2011) 
  • Marsden, Nancy (’08) Nancy Marsden '08 is a graduate student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa studying ethnomusicology. She's combining her East Asian Studies and Music majors from W&M into the area of Japanese music. She hopes to focus on popular music in Japan. (2009)
  • Oreska, Julian (’09) Julian Oreska '09 works as a product developer for the toy company Bandai at their headquarters in Asakusa, Japan. Julian was a double Business and East Asian Studies major who also completed the Canon Corporation internship in summer 2009. (2010)
  • Palesko, Amy (’06) Amy Palesko '06 was William & Mary's first Fulbright to Japan. She studied at the University of Osaka and is currently residing and working in Japan as a design engineer at Nokia. (2008)
  • Revere, Nathan (’10) Nathan Revere '10 is doing graduate work at University of Wisconsin-Madison in their Anthropology Ph.D. program, focusing on language and culture in Japan. (2011)
  • Scott, Loretta (’10) Loretta Scott '10 is currently working in NYC in marketing/business development. She started a Youtube series called "The Difficulties of Japanese" in 2007, and was eventually contacted by YesJapan Corporation, which provides real-world and online courses for Japanese langauge learning. She's now contracted as a video producer, and creates youtube-style education videos for their website ! (2011)

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