Japanese Studies Center and Japan Club

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Japanese Studies Center &
Japan Club

Office: King Hall D 1054
Tel: (323) 343-4230
Fax: (323) 343-4234

The Japanese Studies Center

The Japanese Studies Center was established in 1975 to sponsor Japan-related programs; promote interchange and exchange among scholars, students, and the community; and serve as a resource and information clearinghouse for persons interested in increasing their knowledge and understanding of Japan. It was intended to be an adjunct of the Japanese program in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. The Directors have been full-time tenure track faculty in the Japanese program.

The Center’s ongoing activities include:

  • Providing scholarships for students with demonstrated interests in Japanese studies
  • Continuing exchange programs with Kagoshima High Tech Institute and Nagoya University of Foreign Studies
  • Participating in important regional scholarly and teachers organizations, such as Teachers of Japanese in Southern California
  • Supporting Japan Club activities and sponsoring other events and activities, such as Japanese speech contests and Japanese film nights.

Japan Club

The Japan Club provides opportunities for students of Japanese and others interested in Japan to meet, plan, and participate in social, cultural, recreational, and eductional activities. Among its other activities during the 1995-96 academic year, members organized a food sale to raise funds for the Club and conducted computer tutoring sessions on the utilization of a Japanese word processing program.

During the fall, 1996, Club officers were elected. A Japanese animation film was presented, and club members attended the Japan Expo in Los Angeles. Fundraising activities are being planned for the current academic year, as well as efforts for social and cultural exchanges with students from Japan.

Japan Club Adviser: Professor Toshiko Yokota, Assistant Professor in Japanese

1996-1997 Club Officers:

President: Ferdinand Tjakarawinata

Vice President: Carlos Sierra

Treasurer: Cesar Rodriguez

Secretary: Ceasar Barrillas