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Gerry Yokota

Our Grief Is Not a Call to War.


Current Concerns (9/11〜)

Terrorism is bred in
FEAR ANGER HATRED

The recent attacks on America have instilled
FEAR ANGER HATRED
in more people.

Vengeful retaliation instills
FEAR ANGER HATRED
in more people.

Terrorism is bred in
FEAR ANGER HATRED



Violence breeds violence.
Our mission now is to break the cycle.
We must put justice and security for all
before greed or desire for revenge.

(adapted from www.alternet.org/break_cycle.html)


Poetry

A PRAYER FOR THE CHILDREN

We pray for the children
who sneak popsicles before supper,
who erase holes in math workbooks,
who can never find their shoes.
And we pray for those
who stare at photographers from behind barbed wire,
who can't bound down the street in a new pair of sneakers,
who never "counted potatoes,"
who are born in places where we wouldn't be caught dead,
who never go to the circus,
who live in an X-rated world.
We pray for children
who bring us sticky kisses and fistfuls of dandelions,
who hug us in a hurry and forget their lunch money.
And we pray for those
who never get dessert,
who have no security blanket to drag behind them,
who watch their parents watch them die,
who can't find any bread to steal,
who don't have any rooms to clean up,
whose pictures aren't on anybody's dresser,
whose monsters are real.

We pray for children who spend all their allowance before Tuesday,
who throw tantrums in the grocery store and pick at their food,
who like ghost stories,
who shove dirty clothes under the bed,
who never rinse out the tub,
who get visits from the tooth fairy,
who don't like to be kissed in front of the carpool,
who squirm in church and scream in the phone,
whose tears we sometimes laugh at and whose smiles can make us cry.
And we pray for those
whose nightmares come in the daytime,
who will eat anything,
who have never seen a dentist,
who aren't spoiled by anybody,
who go to bed hungry and cry themselves to sleep,
who live and move, but have no being.
We pray for children who want to be carried and for those who must,
for those who we never give up on and for those who don't get a second chance.
For those we smother and . . .
for those who will grab the hand of anybody kind enough to offer it.

--Anonymous, from the website of Voices in the Wilderness (see Links)


Gandhi's Talisman

I will give you a talisman.
Whenever you are in doubt,
or the self becomes too much with you,
apply the following test.

Recall the face
of the poorest and the weakest person
whom you may have seen,
and ask yourself
if the step you contemplate
is going to be of any use to him.
Will she gain anything by it?
Will it restore him to a control
of his own life and destiny?
In other words, will it lead to swaraj
for the hungry and spiritually starved millions?

Then you will find your doubt
and your self melting away.


Favorite Quotes

"To be opposed to violence in a general kind of way
without looking specifically at male violence against women
made no more sense to me
than if Gandhi had traveled around India
talking about the evils of colonialism
without ever bringing up the relationship between India and Great Britain."
--Carol Lee Flinders


CURRICULUM VITAE

  • Education

    1977 BA, Washington University
    1981 MA, University of Michigan
    1992 PhD, Princeton University

  • Employment

    1989 Assistant Professor, Osaka University Faculty of Language and Culture
    1995 Associate Professor, Osaka University Faculty of Language and Culture
    2002 Professor, Osaka University Faculty of Language and Culture

  • Membership in Academic Organizations

    AAS (Association of Asian Studies)
    MLA (Modern Language Association)
    JCLA/ICLA (Japan Comparative Literature Association / International Comparative Literature Association)
    JWSA (Japan Women's Studies Association)

  • Publications

  • Book-Length Publications

    1997. The Formation of the Canon of Noh: The Literary Tradition of Divine Authority. Osaka University Press, 247 pp.
    2000. Intersections of Religion and Drama: A Comparison of Japanese and English Culture in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries.
    Research supported by a Grant-in-Aid from the Ministry of Education, 134 pp.

  • Edited Volumes

    1999. Translation Editor, Gender and Japanese History, 2 vols, ed. Wakita Haruko, Anne Bouchy, and Ueno Chizuko. Osaka University Press,
    419 pp. + 602 pp.

  • Articles (starting with most recent)

    2004. "In Other Words: Languages of Terror, Languages of Peace." In Approaches to Style and Discourse in English, ed. Risto Hiltunen and Shinichiro Watanabe. Osaka University Press, 2004.
    2003. "(Dis)Claiming Antigone." In 言語文化の比較研究, ed. Naka Naoichi. 言語文化共同研究プロジェクト 2002, pp. 9-18.
    1998. "Conflicting authorities: the canonisation of Zeami and Shakespeare." In Shakespeare and the Japanese Stage, ed. Takashi Sasayama, J.R. Mulryne, and Margaret Shewring. Cambridge University Press, pp. 159-175.
    1996. "The Poetics of Canonicity." 奥田博之教授退官記念論集刊行会編,『言語と文化の諸相』.英宝社, pp. 299-324.
    1996. "Cultural Canons, East and West." In Shakespeare East and West, ed. Minoru Fujita and Leonard Pronko. Curzon Press, pp. 134-147.
    1991. "If Only a Voice Would Emerge." Japan Quarterly 38:4, pp. 436-444.
    1991. 「メディアにおけることばと人権」高岡幸一・宮川清司編,『ことばは生きている』. 人文書院, pp. 16-28.
    1990. "The Cruelest Lies."『言文だより』7, pp. 22-26.
    1990. 「伝統とは何か」『橘香』35:2, pp. 12-13.
    1989. 「ワシントン大名美術展の能公演に参加して」『観世』56:2, pp. 46-51.
    1985. "The Art of Communication in Japanese Literature: The Tosa Diary." Dentsu Japan 3:2, p. 26.
    1984. "The World of Business in Japanese Literature: Tradition and Innovation in Edo Art and Poetry." Dentsu Japan 3:1, p. 31, p. 44.
    1984. "The World of Business in Japanese Literature: Touring the Tokaido." Dentsu Japan 2:4, p. 37.
    1984. "The World of Business in Japanese Literature: The Merchant as Hero." Dentsu Japan 2:3, p. 23.
    1984. "The World of Business in Japanese Literature: Ihara Saikaku." Dentsu Japan 2:2, p. 47, p. 54.

  • Book Reviews

    1994. "Warrior Ghost Plays from the Japanese Noh Theater by Chifumi Shimazaki." Asian Theatre Journal 11:2, pp. 323-326.

  • Translations

    1993. Kurasawa Yukihiro, "The Art of Emptiness: An Artistic Realm Where 'Emptiness is Ultimately Appearance.'" Chanoyu Quarterly 73, pp. 8-26.
    1985. Watanabe Hoyo, "Miyazawa Kenji, Poet of the Lotus Sutra." Young East, A Quarterly on Buddhism and Japanese Culture 11:4.
    1984. Nara Yasuaki, "Postwar Buddhist Education in Japanese Universities." Young East, A Quarterly on Buddhism and Japanese Culture 10:4.
    1984. Oguri Junko, "Views on Women's Salvation in Japanese Buddhism." Young East, A Quarterly on Buddhism and Japanese Culture 10:1, pp. 3-11.
    1983. Akane Shodo, "Sakyamuni's Existentialist View of Life and Death." Young East, A Quarterly on Buddhism and Japanese Culture 9:4, pp. 3-14.
    1982. Arima Jitsujo, "Aid to Refugees from Japanese Buddhists." Young East, A Quarterly on Buddhism and Japanese Culture 8:2, pp. 3-12.
    1981. Nakano Tozen, "A Buddhist View of Euthanasia." Young East, A Quarterly on Buddhism and Japanese Culture 7:3, pp. 13-21.
    1975. Hagiwara Sakutaro, "'Symbolism' from The Principles of Poetry (1928)." Literature East & West 19:1-4, pp. 120-125.

  • Reports

    1998. 「シンポジウムの記録:『女郎花』, その解釈と分析」. 『女性史学』8, pp. 87-91.

  • Conference Presentations

    2000. "Modern Western Influences on the Construction of Gender in the New Noh Drama of Japan." 16th Triennial of the International Comparative Literature Association, Pretoria, South Africa.
    1999. 「能の新作・復曲運動」共同研究会『近代の転換期』於国際日本文化研究センター.
    1998. 「国際交流のメディアとしての能・狂言」於大阪大学・コペンハーゲン大学学術交流プログラム記念シンポジウム (1998年7月).
    1997. "Traditional Japanese Drama and Its Influence on Gender Identity Formation." 15th Triennial of the International Comparative Literature Association, Leiden, The Netherlands.
    1996. 「個人的なことは詩学的である」 シンポジウム『言語・国家・民族:越境する日本語』 於日本比較文学会関西大会.
    1995. 「謡曲キャノンの形成:脇能を中心として」共同研究会『日本の女性:表象と自己表現』於国際日本文化研究センター.
    1994. "Women Prohibited: The Revival of Two Noncanonical Noh Plays Depicting Women's Defiance of Nyonin Kinzei." International Center for Research in Japanese Studies.
    1994. "Traditional Japanese Drama: The Classical Canon as an Expression of National Identity." 14th Triennial of the International Comparative Literature Association, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
    1994. "The Exclusion of Women from the Canon of Noh." International Center for Research in Japanese Studies.
    1993. "Visual and Verbal Discourses in Noh." Annual Meeting of the MLA, Toronto, Canada.
    1993. 「宮沢賢治とウェンデル・ベリーの宇宙的視座」於現代英米詩協会全国大会.
    1992. "Representations of Women in Noh." University of Alabama at Huntsville.
    1991. "Cultural Canons, East and West." World Shakespeare Congress, Tokyo.
    1991. 「アイデンティティーへの希求」. シンポジウム『アメリカン・イメージ』於日米文科系学術交流センター.
    1988. "The Aesthetics of Layering." Japan Foundation Kyoto Office.

  • Roundtable Symposia

    2000-01. 共同研究会『生きている劇としての能:謡曲の多角的研究』於国際日本文化研究センター.
    1997. Ominameshi: A Reading and Analysis. University of Pittsburgh, October 1997.


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