Apr. 11th, 2010

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I might, you never know! Because this summer from mid-June to the end of August, I'll be going to Tokyo on a Summer Study Program, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. Wako Univerisity's Department of Transcultural Studies has kindly agreed to host me and support my research on anime otaku subculture.

I'm really excited, but also kind of nervous. After moving to small-town Quebec, I learned that living in a place where you don't speak the language fluently means embarrassing yourself a lot until you figure it out. My Japanese is not as good as my French. Then there are the cultural (and culinary) differences to deal with. And research on top of that?

Well, expect some entertaining stories!

(More serious thoughts about doing cross-cultural "ethnography" as a film/lit student/fan to come, once I catch my breath.)

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