As a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award, the most prestigious teaching award given to graduate teaching assistants at the University of Washington, Dr. Sachi Schmidt-Hori hoped to teach at a liberal arts college after graduation. Being able to teach Japan-related courses at Furman University is a dream come true for Schmidt-Hori. This summer, she will spend three months at the University of Washington as a visiting scholar to develop Furman's first Asian linguistics course: Languages of Asia. She is very excited to be here and looks forward to being a part of this ever-growing department.

Name Title Description

AST-270

Languages of Asia

A linguistic introduction to the languages of China, India, and Japan emphasizing the structure of the languages, the divergent writing systems, lexical borrowing and development, language policy, and sociocultural considerations such as class and gender distinctions as well as honorifics.

FYS-1227

Gender Roles in Modern Japan

Exploring masculinities and femininities in contemporary Japan through short stories, graphic novels, films and anthropological studies on gender roles. Weekly, students will be assigned to read/watch a primary source and at least one accompanying secondary source. Focus on today's Japanese society.

JPN-110

Elementary Japanese I

Introduction to the sound system and grammatical structures necessary to develop listening and speaking skills in Japanese. Initial reading and writing exercises with some of the basic Japanese characters. An appreciation of Japanese culture underlies the orientation of the course.

JPN-120

Elementary Japanese II

Continuation of work on the sound system and grammatical structures necessary to develop listening and speaking skills in Japanese, including initial reading and writing exercises with some of the basic Japanese characters. An appreciation of Japanese culture underlies the orientation of this course.

JPN-235

Classical Japanese Literature

The development of classical Japanese literature from the seventh century to 1858, when Japan opened its doors to the West. Reading representative texts in English translation in various genres from various periods.

JPN-403

Advanced Japanese III

A continuation of JPN 402, emphasizing all four language skills. Students will read from a wide range of genres and write compositions in varied modes, and continue to work on their communicative skills through group discussion, presentations, as well as interviewing native/advanced speakers of Japanese.

JPN-404

Advanced Japanese IV

A continuation of JPN 403, emphasizing all four language skills. Students will read from a wide range of genres and write compositions in varied modes, and continue to work on their communicative skills through group discussion, presentations, as well as interviewing native/advanced speakers of Japanese.

JPN-470

Japanese Studies Thesis

Guided research, translation, and writing on a topic in a field of Japanese Studies in which the student has had previous course work. The student will propose a thesis project to a faculty member in the field of Japanese Studies who by approving it becomes the thesis advisor.

Take my students seriously, not myself.

  • "The New Lady-in-Waiting Is a Chigo: Sexual Fluidity and Dual Transvestism in a Medieval Acolyte Tale." Japanese Language and Literature vol. 43 no. 2 (October, 2009), pp. 383-423.
Education
Ph.D.
University of Washington
M.A.
University of Washington
B.A.
Obirin University, Tokyo

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