Editor: Rachel DiNitto
Rachel is an Associate Professor of Japanese Studies at the College of William & Mary. She specializes in the literary and cultural studies of Japan’s prewar (1910s-1930s), and postbubble eras (1990-2000s). In addition to her monograph, Uchida Hyakken: A Critique of Modernity and Militarism in Prewar Japan, publications include articles on depictions of the Asia-Pacific War in the work of manga artist Maruo Suehiro; Kanehara Hitomi, the young, female writer whose controversial novel Snakes and Earrings won Japan’s most prestigious literary award in 2004; and cult director Suzuki Seijun’s return to the cinema in the 1980s. Rachel is also currently working on a new book project, “Writing Fukushima: Literary Voices from Japan’s Disaster.” Full William & Mary bio.
Charles Fliss (2011):
Charles is a senior student at the College of William and Mary, studying History and American Studies. He has served three years as a Peer Assistant for the William and Mary / Keio University Cross Cultural Collaboration, a program dedicated to promoting cultural exchange and understanding between the United States and Japan. He is currently conducting honors research on American fan communities and the evolution of transnational culture. He hopes to continue his studies with graduate research.
Pam Kennedy (2010):
Pam is a 2010 graduate of the College of William and Mary, with a BA in Government and East Asian Studies. In her senior year, she conducted research on contemporary Japanese society and Kanehara Hitomi, a controversial young novelist. Currently Pam is an examiner with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, with a particular interest in Asian banking organizations. Pam continues her study of Japanese language and culture, and plans to pursue graduate studies soon.