Student wins Boren scholarship, plans to study in Japan

Student Anastasia Sorokina lived in Japan as a small child and always wanted to return. Next year, she’ll get the chance, after being awarded a Boren scholarship. Sorokina just completed her sophomore year at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is double-majoring in comparative arts and international studies, both in Arts & Sciences. Boren scholarships allow U.S. students to study abroad in parts of the world critical to U.S. interests.

Campus Author: The Japanese Supreme Court and Judicial Review

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Bodies at Play: Japan Embodied seminars resume Sept. 23

Japanese body art, elaborate tattoos, fashion and pre-modern pornography are among topics to be explored as the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis opens its fall seminar series. The Japan Embodied: New Approaches to Japanese Studies seminar series opens at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in Room 18, Busch Hall, on the Danforth Campus with a free, public program on body ornamentation in Japanese culture.

A show of support for Japan

Larry J. Shapiro, MD, gets outfitted with a T-shirt supporting Japanese earthquake relief from Shin-ichiro Imai, MD, PhD, April 6 in the Shell Lobby. Members of the Japanese Happy Hour, a scientific study group of Japanese researchers organized the sale, which is designating 100 percent of proceeds to relief organizations including the Japanese Red Cross.

Helping Japan

Members of the Japanese Happy Hour (JHH) sold T-shirts in the Shell Lobby March 23 to raise funds for Japanese relief organizations.

‘Brokeback Mountain’ might be ultimate ‘chick flick’ in Japan, says literature expert

America’s conflicted cultural obsession with the gay cowboy movie “Brokeback Mountain” might seem old-fashioned in Japan where stories of love and romance between beautiful young men have been entertaining women for more than a decade, suggests Rebecca Copeland, Ph.D., a Japanese studies professor at Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to movies, male-male romance is a popular theme in a variety of other Japanese pop culture media, including book-length graphic novels and comics, known as manga, and an array of animated cartoons and television action series, known as anime. All of which have developed cult followings on the Internet and among fans of late-night cable television programming, including large numbers of American teens. More…

Baseball in Japan and United States is topic of public forum, April 16

“Mitts Across the Pacific: Baseball in Japan and the United States” is the topic of a panel discussion with owners of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Orix Bluewaves of Japan at 2 p.m. April 16 in the Moot Courtroom, Anheuser-Busch Hall. Free and open to the public, the forum features Bluewaves owner Yoshihiko Miyauchi; Frederick O. Hanser, vice chairman of the St. Louis Cardinals; and Timothy Hanser, vice president of community outreach, Cardinals Care. They will discuss the use of performance-enhancing drugs, the internationalization of baseball, new stadiums, salary caps, parity between teams and the future of baseball in Japan and the United States.