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Endowed Chair: Japanese Studies

The Ei'ichi Shibusawa-Seigo Arai Professorship in Japanese Studies

For further information, please contact
Dr. Laura Miller
Professor of History
Dr. Miller's History Faculty Page
314-516-6757 FAX
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A Special Gift
In 1999, Mr. Seigo Arai, businessman and friend of the Shibusawa family, made a generous gift to the University of Missouri-St. Louis to establish the Ei'ichi Shibusawa-Seigo Arai Professorship in Japanese Studies. The professor strengthens the profile for Japan studies by developing and offering additional courses, conducting research, and by organizing and presenting programs for the campus and local community about Japanese culture and society.

About Professor Miller
Dr. Laura Miller is an internationally prominent scholar of Japan studies and linguistic anthropology. After graduation from the University of California, Santa Barbara with BA degrees in Anthropology and Asian Studies, she supervised an English language program for a Japanese company in Osaka (1977-1981). She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1988. She has published more than seventy articles and book chapters on Japanese culture and language. She is the author of Beauty Up: Exploring Contemporary Japanese Body Aesthetics (University of California Press, 2006). She co-edited Modern Girls on the Go: Gender, Mobility, and Labor in Japan (with Freedman and Yano, Stanford University Press, 2013), Manners and Mischief: Gender, Power, and Etiquette in Japan (with Bardsley, University of California Press, 2011), and Bad Girls of Japan (with Bardsley, Palgrave 2005). Diva Nation: Female Icons from Japanese Cultural History, co-edited with Rebecca Copeland, will be published in June 2018 by the University of California Press. Dr. Miller has been active as a leader in many professional organizations, and is currently the Vice President of the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, and member of the American Advisory Committee for the Japan Foundation.

Programs for Campus and Community
The Professorship sponsors a variety of speakers and programs on Japan studies. Past academic events supported by the Professorship include a symposium on The Politics of Speaking Japanese (2014), and a symposium on Pop Heroines and Female Icons of Japan (2012). Recent invited lectures have focused on Edo period letter writing, the Japanese typewriter, and morning television drams called asadora.

East Asian Studies Certificate
For undergraduate students, UMSL offers an East Asian Studies Certificate, equivalent to a minor that can be earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree. Students must complete language study, additional credit hours chosen from various disciplines, and a 3 credit hour independent study. For details, see East Asian Studies Certificate.

Informational Contact:

Dr. Laura Miller, Professor
History Department
University of Missouri-St. Louis
1 University Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63121-4400
Tel: 314-516-7246

Dr. Joel Glassman, Director
International Studies and Programs
Tel: 314-516-5753; Fax: 314-516-6757