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Gavin H. Whitelaw Quoted in New York Times Article

Reischauer Institute Executive Director Gavin H. Whitelaw was quoted in the August 1 New York Times article "Tokyo Convenience Store Chicken Gizzards Saved My Life." In this article, Dr. Whitelaw contributes his insights as an anthropologist about the culture and tradition of convenience stores in Japan.

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Andrew Gordon Delivers Commemorative Lecture at NIHU Award Ceremony

On June 10, 2021, Professor Andrew Gordon received the second annual NIHU International Prize in Japanese Studies (日本研究国際賞) at the award ceremony of the National Institute of Humanities (NIHU, 人間文化研究機構). Following the conferral of the award, he presented a commemorative lecture, titled “The Excitement of History and Responsibility of Historical Studies" (『歴史の魅力・歴史学の責任』).

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Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Visiting Artist in Residence, 2016-17) Wins Best Screenplay at Cannes International Film Festival

The Reischauer Institute congratulates Film Director Ryusuke Hamaguchi (RIJS Visiting Artist in Residence, 2016-17) on winning Best Screenplay at the 74th Cannes International Film Festival, for “Drive My Car,” a melancholic drama about an actor who seeks a chauffeur after his playwright wife disappears.

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Theodore C. Bestor, 1951-2021

We note with great sadness the passing of Professor Theodore Bestor on July 1, following a long battle with cancer.

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2021 Association for Asian Studies New England Regional Conference (NEAAS) to be held at Harvard

The Reischauer Institute, in cooperation with a group of academic centers and institutes that support the study of Asia at Harvard University, will jointly host the Association for Asian Studies New England Regional Conference (NEAAS) via a virtual platform on December 6, 2021. We welcome both individual paper proposals and panel proposals from all disciplines and on all topics related to Asian Studies.

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