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Fumie Tamai

Fumie Tamai

British Culture and Literature

Fumie Tamai Professor

Research Topic

Nineteenth-Century British Culture and Literature

Self-Introduction

I have been studying various fields of studies. After graduating from Doshisha University, I earned my first MA in English at Doshisha, and M.ed in TESOL (Teaching English to a Speaker of Second Language) at Temple University. Then I studied at the University of Leeds and earned my second MA in Victorian Literature and Ph.D there. Although my present research interest centers on nineteenth-century British culture and literature, my courses cover a wide range of topics on cultural interaction and representation, which are vitally important issues to consider in the age of globalization.

Message to Students

To study a foreign language is not just to study grammar and vocabulary, but to lean a new value and acquire a new way of expressing yourself. I hope you will discover a new world and self in this faculty

Regine DIETH

Regine DIETH

Japanese Studies, Gender

Regine DIETH Associate professor

Research Topic

Japanese Studies, Gender

Self-Introduction

After finishing high school near the town of Ulm in southern Germany, I went to Berlin to study Japanology, Chinese Studies and Art History. I also spent one year at Kyoto University as an exchange student and fell in love with Kyoto’s culture and people. Before returning to Kyoto 20 years later– this time to Doshisha University - I worked for different German and Japanese organizations. Being involved in international activities and campaigns like World Expo, German Year in Japan, promotion of German companies and industry-academia collaboration, I was able to meet many internationally-minded people and broaden my intercultural understanding. My primary research interests are contemporary Japanese society and gender and diversity issues. For recreation, I like spending time in natural environments, especially hiking in the mountains and Onsen.

Message to Students

In your university courses, you learn a lot about the challenges of globalization, including environmental and social issues. It is important to study these topics theoretically, but I also would like you to realize that through your own behavior and actions you have the power to influence not only environmental, but political and social policy as well. I look forward to our classes and hope that also the study of the German language and culture can contribute to widening your perspectives.

Marcelo FUKUSHIMA

Marcelo FUKUSHIMA

International Economics, International Business

Marcelo FUKUSHIMA Associate professor

Research Topic

International Economics, International Business

Self-Introduction

My field of expertise is International Economics and International Business. My research has been mainly in international trade with focus on regional integration and international production networks. Phenomena such as the increase in international tourism and the globalization of human resources greatly influence how businesses work, so I hope I can further explore research from the perspectives of tourism business and cross-cultural communication.
I was born and raised in Brazil, a country rich in ethnic and cultural diversity, so since I was little, I have been interested in languages and world culture. I came to Japan in 1998 when I was 19 years old, so now, I have spent more time here than in my home country. However, every day, I still discover new things about Japan and its fascinating culture. In my free time, I like to watch movies and travel.

Message to Students

International business helps us make the world more fun and prosperous, but I believe one of the most attractive things about it is that it gives us the opportunity to interact with other countries’ peoples and cultures. If you wish to participate in global business and make a difference, you need to become a person with solid educational background, high cross-cultural communication skills, and proactiveness. I hope you will make full use of the time you spend here in GC to improve yourself.

Bettina GILDENHARD

Bettina
GILDENHARD

Comparative cultural studies

Bettina GILDENHARD
Associate professor

Research Topic

Comparative cultural studies on Germany and Japan

Self-Introduction

I am from Germany, but I don’t drink beer. Neither do I have a driving license, nor do I know a lot about soccer. People who want to speak with me about beer, German cars or soccer are always very disappointed. I am sorry about that, but I would be very happy if I could contribute to making people interested in other aspects of German life and culture. During high school I started to learn Japanese in an elective class and since that time I have been fascinated by the Japanese language and Japan. I wrote my PhD thesis about Japanese literature, but now – inspired by my experience of living in Japan – I am carrying out comparative research on multicultural societies in Germany and Japan. The research on this theme has offered me a lot of new insights into both Japanese and German society.

Message to Students

German is very similar to English, but there are some interesting grammar items, like separable verbs, that are specific to German. I am sure that studying German will provide you with a lot of new discoveries and hope that you will enjoy studying foreign languages as much as I do. I am looking forward to discussing both Germany and Japan with you.

Yunhui Guo

Yunhui Guo

Modern Chinese Linguistics

Yunhui Guo Professor

Research Topic

Modern Chinese Linguistics

Self-Introduction

Born and raised in Beijing, I had no idea about becoming a teacher, when I came to Japan for the first time. But here I am as a teacher in Japan. Sometimes I feel like this was somehow predestined. But in other times, I suspect this was because of my personality, which is clearly represented by my life motto: “When we get to the mountain, there’ll be a way through” (An attempt is sometimes easier than expected). I started living in Kyoto in 2006. It all started as a result of my following the path laid in front of me. Now I fit in this place pretty well.

Message to Students

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is unknown. Today is the link between yesterday and tomorrow. Seize the day! Your life’s journey starts today!

Yoichiro hasebe

Yoichiro Hasebe

cognitive linguistics, corpus linguistics

Yoichiro Hasebe
Professor

Research Topic

cognitive linguistics, corpus linguistics

Self-Introduction

From morning until night, seven days a week, I’m thinking or engaging in something related to “language.” As a language teacher, I teach English; as a researcher, I study the structure of languages (such as English and Japanese) and create computer software (using programming “languages”); and when I get home, I am an enthusiastic observer of language development in my two young daughters. I look forward to sharing my passion for language with the students of the Faculty of Global Communications, Doshisha University, through various classes and activities.

Message to Students

The late Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple, said in his 2005 Stanford commencement address, “you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.” I think this portrays an important point for students. The Faculty of Global Communications at Doshisha offers many opportunities for you to create those ‘dots’ within your education. Programs such as Threshold Seminar, Study Abroad, and Seminar Project all offer great opportunities through which to lay a solid academic foundation for your future. How will you connect the dots? —I cannot wait to see!

Akira Ise

Akira Ise

20th Century French Literature

Akira Ise Professor

Research Topic

20th Century French Literature

Self-Introduction

Born and raised in Kyoto, Akira ISE smiles every time he looks at the billboard in the station that says: “We’re lucky to have Kyoto in Japan.” His students call him the “Sweet Spartan,” and he likes this nickname. He loves to eat, travel and watch the Takarazuka Revue. He is also passionate about Paris, where he studied for two years. Each year he goes back to Paris to feel the breath of the city by walking through familiar neighborhoods. As a specialist of twentieth century French literature, he is interested in cultural movements in the fields of art and literature, especially the “Esprit nouveau” of the French poet Guillaume Apollinaire, who played a very important role in the avant-garde movements of his time. As for the educational side, he is busy writing a set of French textbooks that will provide students with an effective and enjoyable way to learn French.

Message to Students

In order to establish communication with individuals from various cultural backgrounds who speak different languages, you must foster a high degree of competence in foreign languages. This will enable you to attain both cultural awareness and global knowledge, and allow you to express your thoughts to others. While studying different languages it is important for you to develop a broad range of perspectives and viewpoints and to cultivate a sensibility that allows you to sympathize with others.

Daisuke Kawahara

Daisuke Kawahara

Film Studies

Daisuke Kawahara
Associate professor

Research Topic

Film Studies

Self-Introduction

Daisuke Kawahara has been an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Global Communications since 2017. His research focuses on contemporary American cinema and culture; the American film industry since the 1980s; Hollywood cinema in the age of digitalization; and the political economy of New Hollywood. At GC, he teaches "British and American Culture and Society" and "Progress in Writing."

Message to Students

For those who are interested in the issues and questions arising from the study of cinema in the age of globalization, please feel free to contact me via email or to visit my office hours.

Crystal UCHINO

Crystal UCHINO

Cultural Studies, Social History, Politics, Ethnic Studies

Crystal UCHINO
Research associate

Research Topic

Cultural Studies, Social History, Politics, Ethnic Studies

Self-Introduction

 I was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Growing up off-grid, I spent my childhood exploring the rainforest, traversing lava cracks, and swimming almost daily. I have also lived in Flagstaff, Arizona--a place I credit for the most formative parts of my education, both in school and through my interactions with local community members, artists, and activists. It is there I learned to think about issues of race, gender, and social justice and became interested in how my life intersected with histories of  colonialism, militarism, exploitation and other complex structures of oppression enacted on the lands I have called home and the communities I have inhabited. After graduating from university, I moved to Nagasaki with the intention to learn enough Japanese to be able to speak to my grandmother. A few years later I moved to Kyoto, where I completed graduate school and have been living since. My ‘zemi’ takes a cultural studies approach to think through structures of power in history and society. Along the way, we will address such themes as race, gender, sexuality, and class in connection with those of colonialism, globalization, migration, the environment, and social justice.

Message to Students

Being in university is a privilege that affords you time to explore new ideas. One of the most influential teachers I had in university, Joel Olson, often said, “education is uncomfortable. It makes you think about new things, challenge old beliefs, forces you to reevaluate the world, and makes you do work you ordinarily wouldn’t do.” I would like to add that despite, or perhaps because of that, it can be incredibly exciting, fun, rewarding, and transformative. My hope for you is that you will continue to refine your ability to think, write, read, and speak critically long after you leave the classroom.

Mitsuo Kubota

Mitsuo Kubota

Sociolinguistics

Mitsuo Kubota Professor

Research Topic

Sociolinguistics

Self-Introduction

I am originally from Kobe. In the past I thought of Kobe as being just a place where I was born and grew up. However, over time I have been progressively developing an attachment to the city. I was a violinist before I became a professor. I came to think that being a violinist was a part of my history that I had abandoned and forgotten. However, now I realize that being a musician is an important part of myself. Consequently, I started to perform again, little by little. Currently I am a sociolinguist and an educator for language. I see this as a part of my professional identity, yet I do not have a strong attachment to it. Nonetheless, I am sure I will come to realize that the day-to-day thinking about language, and the sharing of thoughts about it with students, will have a significant influence on my development.

Message to Students

Language acquisition is not a mere result of accumulation of knowledge about language such as vocabulary and grammar. You really have to develop an identity as a member of the community where the language is used in order to become a competent speaker. There are millions of ways to identify yourself as a member, and you need to constantly make decisions regarding how you position yourself in the community. Try to explore yourself in a different language through experience in GC and study abroad.

Dana John LINGLEY

Dana John LINGLEY

Applied Linguistics, Second language motivation

Dana John LINGLEY
Research associate

Research Topic

Applied Linguistics, Second language motivation

Self-Introduction

I am from New Brunswick in eastern Canada, so I grew up exposed to a variety of people from different cultural backgrounds, which piqued my interest to travel and work abroad. I originally came to Japan to work as an ALT in Kochi. During that first teaching experience, I became enamoured with life in Japan and keenly interested in helping students improve their English ability. After completing my graduate degree in Applied Linguistics, I spent one year in Oaxaca, Mexico teaching at a university of technology before returning to Japan in 2008. Since then, I have been teaching at universities in Osaka and Kyoto. When I'm not working, I like to spend my time visiting historical sites, watching films, and cooking.

Message to Students

To be an effective communicator in global settings requires, not only high English ability, but also a broad base of knowledge including understanding about other countries and cultures. Being a university student is a unique time in your life to learn unknown things, consider new ideas, and forge new relationships. All of these experiences will work to shape your future, so use your time wisely and take advantage of every opportunity. By doing so, you will learn how to make positive contributions to society, both in Japan and abroad.

Keiko Matsuki

Keiko Matsuki

Linguistic anthropology

Keiko Matsuki Professor

Research Topic

Linguistic anthropology: research of human communication from an anthropological perspective

Self-Introduction

I was born in Tokyo and grew up there. I also lived in Arizona, USA for almost 8 years. I got my Ph.D. degree at the University of Arizona. I have been living in Kyoto since 18 years ago, when I started teaching at Doshisha. I have many fond memories about “my” old Tokyo and “my” Arizona as a graduate student. Now I live in Kyoto, enjoying the life here. I like exploring Kyoto historical details—I discover something new every single day. Finally, I should mention my love of wine, which I do not drink much but purely enjoy. To sum, I am pretty good at enjoying my everyday life.

Message to Students

Please read books. I am not saying only for your intellectual development. I am saying this because it is fun if you know “how to read.” Although I am not referring to English books only, reading is the first and best way for your language improvement. So, if you have not acquired this skill yet, master it while you are a college student.

Masahiro Minai

Masahiro Minai

Culture, Society and Literature

Masahiro Minai Professor

Research Topic

Culture, Society and Literature in the Eighteenth-Century Britain

Self-Introduction

I was born and bred in Kyoto. My hobbies include reading books, being a train enthusiast and enjoying rakugo (traditional Japanese comic storytelling). I originally specialized in English literature of the eighteenth century , especially Henry Fielding’s novels, but these days I am interested in English gardens, British tea, and crime and policing systems in England. My present topic for research is what impact commodities such as coffee, tea, and chocolate—as were introduced in to Europe in the seventeenth century—had on the contemporary Europeans, and especially how these commodities changed their lifestyles. If you see me on campus, please feel free to stop and talk.

Message to Students

If one has a good command of English it does not always mean they are an exceptionally intelligent person, but rather that they have made every effort to build up their mental “software” for using English. As you have acquired Japanese, even native speakers of English had to develop their own language learning software; in their case, they were always in an English-speaking environment and their immediate family, relatives and neighbors helped them to learn English, so they did not have to make any conscious effort. As the same is usually not true of building software for using foreign languages, it requires a vast amount of effort. However, all human being are gifted with the inborn “hardware” necessary to acquire full command any language. Mastering it or not depends on years of effort and study. Let’s keep on developing our software!!

Ghislain MOUTON

Ghislain MOUTON

Applied linguistics, Acquisition of French
as a second language

Ghislain MOUTON
Research associate

Research Topic

Applied linguistics, Acquisition of French as a second language

Self-Introduction

I was born and raised in Lille, Northern France. I began practicing judo when I was 8 years old and since then, my sense of curiosity towards Japanese culture never stopped growing. I finally started to learn Japanese as a third language in High school, and time flies so fast that it’s already a “more than 20 years ago” story. For my master degree in France, I specialized in “Japanese literature” by studying the work of Endo Shusaku, but I have decided to switch fields for “Applied linguistics” after getting my master degree at The University of the Ryukyus. Since then, I have been doing some research about the correlations between ICT (smartphone applications, games, etc.) use and French as a second language learners motivation. My hobbies are editing videos, practicing judo and playing basket-ball.

Message to Students

In order to master properly a foreign language, it is said that you’ll need some motivation or opportunities. But, as the timing is different for everyone, I’d like to introduce you to as many ways of experiencing French as possible. Sometimes, we’ll read mangas or BD (Bandes dessinées), sometimes we’ll watch videos, sometimes we’ll write down messages in French on SNS, sometimes we’ll listen to French music, sometimes we’ll sing, and perhaps we’ll even study the basics of grammar or pronunciation together.
Anyway, I’m looking forward to “have fun seriously” with you while we’ll be studying French together.

Tsuyako Nakamura

Tsuyako Nakamura

American Studies, Sociology

Tsuyako Nakamura
Professor

Research Topic

American Studies, Sociology (Women’s Labor Issues, Work/Life Balance)

Self-Introduction

My research is a comparative study on women’s career development and corporate family support in Japan and the United States. During my work days in the U.S., I realized the percentage of women management was higher than in Japan. I then started to examine this aspect, wondering where the difference comes from and what kind of factors lay in the background affecting there. When women work, family responsibilities including child care get in their career development, but if you wish to have a long-lasting career to achieve your self-actualization, whether you are a man or woman, your own values, along with corporate support and reactions, will be changed. I, thus, examine corporate support and career development through case studies, focusing on corporate daycare centers in the U.S. and Japan.

Message to Students

I graduate from the English course of Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts. After graduating, I studied interpretation and translation at a graduate school in Monterey, California as a Rotary scholarship student. I then worked for a resort hotel in Hawaii, but craving to study more (?), I came back home to major in American studies (sociology, women’s labor issues) at the Ph.D. program of the Graduate School of American Studies. I am happy from the bottom of my heart that I can study, meeting you and sharing dreams on this beautiful Doshisha campus.

Hiroki Nakanishi

Hiroki Nakanishi

Field Linguistics and Historical Linguistics

Hiroki Nakanishi
Professor

Research Topic

Field Linguistics and Historical Linguistics

Self-Introduction

I was born in Tokyo. After graduating from university, I went to China to study and stayed for four years in Chengdu and Beijing. After coming back to Japan, I lived in Kyoto, Osaka, gradually moving westward to Kobe. Generally, these three cities are covered by the term of Kansai Area, but I was able to discover subtle differences in their dialects and customs and I think it is very interesting to find these local features in everyday life. My research theme is “description” and “change” of language. I investigate Chinese dialects and languages of ethnic minorities mainly in Southern China. Everywhere in greater China, delicious cuisine (and wine) can be enjoyed. It is just amazing!

Message to Students

Greater China mainly means the area from Eastern Asia to Southern East Asia. There are a lot of languages and cultures besides Chinese. Languages are really cultures themselves. They express the speaker’s world view. Therefore, to learn languages gives you a new way of recognizing the world. Let’s launch into the world by using Chinese language!

Yoshiyuki Nakata

Yoshiyuki Nakata

Teaching English as a Foreign Language,etc…

Yoshiyuki Nakata Professor

Research Topic

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), Applied Linguistics

Self-Introduction

My research interests include foreign language motivation, self-regulated learning, teacher-learner autonomy, and classroom English. All these are based on my past language learning experience as a learner. I am trying to explore the answers to the following questions: (1) why some learners give up their learning prematurely and are unsuccessful, while other learners actively engage in their learning and are motivated even in the face of potential failure; (2) what made motivated learners much more successful, including those who were previously unsuccessful; and (3) how to develop autonomous language learners. Though my journey is still halfway, I feel very fortunate to have such difficult but challenging goals. I am from Sanda-city, Hyogo. My hobbies are mountain climbing and skiing (i.e., mountains in the Japan Alps in summer and ski resorts in Shinshu in winter).

Message to Students

There are common characteristics among successful foreign language learners; (1) they can connect their ideal self and small steps to reach there; (2) they can find or create an appropriate environment for them to study a foreign language, can learn from mistakes, and revise their learning habit accordingly; (3) by doing so, they come to overvalue or undervalue themselves less, and come to consider their listeners and readers when using English. That is to say, they are lifelong learners who can continue through negative experiences, setbacks, and failures, and finally come to enjoy language learning.

Peter NEFF

Peter NEFF

TESOL/Applied Linguistics,etc...

Peter NEFF Professor

Research Topic

TESOL/Applied Linguistics, Second Language Composition, Project/Task-based Learning, Language Testing, Business English

Self-Introduction

After a relatively typical upbringing in Ohio in the U.S., my life became much more exciting when I decided to move to Japan after receiving my undergraduate degree in English literature. During the next several years I made many friends here and had my first professional experience teaching English, which then inspired me to return to the U.S. to study for my Masters degree in TESOL/Applied Linguistics. Since coming back to Japan more than 10 years ago, I have gone on to complete a doctorate in education and have lived and worked in Chiba, Tokyo, Okayama, and now Kyoto. When I am not teaching or doing research you can often find me hiking, watching great films, reading about art history, and travelling to interesting spots around the globe.

Message to Students

English today is truly a “global language,” spoken more by people living outside of native English-speaking countries than within them. It is also a remarkably flexible language, constantly incorporating new words and phrases from various cultures. For these reasons, there is no need to feel too much pressure or anxiety when communicating in English. Native and non-native speakers alike will often be very patient and accepting when it comes to others’ language communication, and showing your good intentions with a positive spirit can be far more meaningful than speaking in perfect English.

Sun Shuqiao

Sun Shuqiao

Chinese linguistics,
Chinese-Japanese Contrastive Studies

Sun Shuqiao Associate professor

Research Topic

Chinese linguistics, Chinese-Japanese Contrastive Studies

Self-Introduction

Born and raised in Northeast China, I enrolled at a university and started learning Japanese in Shanghai.
When I couldn’t understand various dialects which was spoken by classmates, I was interested in language.
And I realized the diversity of language and culture through studying Japanese.
After going to graduate school in Japan, I lived in Kobe and Nara. Now I live in Kyoto, and I enjoy going for a walk in Kyoto with my family.

Message to Students

I realized that studying foreign language is a process of understanding not only language but also culture, history and custom. We can understand the difference of language and culture through comparison of Japanese and Chinese. Let’s do our best together

Jun Sudo

Jun Sudo

Phonetics; Conversation Analysis,etc…

Jun Sudo Associate professor

Research Topic

Phonetics; Conversation Analysis; Japanese as a Foreign Language.

Self-Introduction

I was born in the city of Hakodate, Hokkaido, from where the founder of Doshisha University, Joseph Hardy Neesima, embarked upon his adventure to America. I have been engaged in teaching Japanese as a foreign language (JFL) for more than 15 years, and I spent a few years living and teaching JFL in Russia because I studied Russian during my college days. These days, unfortunately, I rarely have an opportunity to use Russian though. My research interests include Japanese phonetics, in particular, the prosodic features (i.e. accent, intonation, etc.) of interjections, such as: /hai/, /un/, and /aa/. I also teach JFL pronunciation.

Message to Students

I think that people who reach their goals or become very successful have always made mistakes along the way. The important thing is that they learn from their mistakes and think about ways to improve rather than focusing on avoiding mistakes. I hope that you will learn many positive things from your mistakes and be able to achieve any goal you set for yourself in Japan.

Akira Suwa

Akira Suwa

Nineteenth-century and
contemporary British literature

Akira Suwa Research associate

Research Topic

Nineteenth-century and contemporary British literature

Self-Introduction

My research interests are centred on neo-Victorianism, which refers to a cultural movement in a variety of genres such as literature, film, and fashion where societal norms and culture in the Victorian period are re-imagined, reinterpreted, and critiqued. In particular, I have been researching the way gender and (queer) sexuality are portrayed in neo-Victorian novels. I like watching films and dramas (which is also part of my research).
I was born and raised in Hakodate, Hokkaido. After graduating from Sophia University, I moved on to study film and literature at the University of York (MA) and English literature at Cardiff University (PhD). I am slowly getting used to living in Osaka (or so I think).

Message to Students

It is paramount to have the courage to take action. Pursuing your interests – whatever they might be (such as reading novels, watching films, going to theatres and museums) – will give you a lot of different perspectives. I hope you find something about which you can be passionate during your time at Doshisha.

Mikiko Suzuki

Mikiko Suzuki

Second language acquisition, TESOL

Mikiko Suzuki
Research associate

Research Topic

Second language acquisition, TESOL

Self-Introduction

Born and raised in Nagoya and studied at colleges in Osaka and Washington State, I went on to a ten years’ long journey of pursuing my study in California, Georgia, and New York. Now I am proud and happy to be in Kyoto to share my experience of study abroad and try out what I found in my research. My research interests are in the field of second language acquisition and TESOL, and my current focus is the relationship between learner errors and second language learning. I would like to be of help to those trying to improve their English skills and those who would like to know how people learn other languages than their mother tongues.

Message to Students

It is known that, when language learners make errors, they can improve their language performance if the errors are corrected by others. Furthermore, research shows that the learners can make additional improvement if they respond to the error correction, rather than just receiving the correction and not responding to it. I would like to suggest to students to proudly make errors, be corrected and respond to the correction, so there is a big chance of be better users of English.

Roehl SYBING

Roehl SYBING

intercultural understanding, multilingual dialogue, qualitative research methodology

Roehl SYBING Research associate

Research Topic

I have been teaching English as a foreign language and multicultural understanding in Japan and the United States since 2004. I earned my PhD at University of Massachusetts Amherst while researching dialogic classroom interaction in university English classrooms in Japan. In my research and teaching, dialogue not only means the sharing of knowledge but the understanding of linguistic and cultural differences that exist between people. The goal of my research is to examine how teachers can provide students with the skills for creating dialogue and mutual understanding with other speakers. Through this dialogue, students will not only be able to express themselves, but also to have a real connection with others through shared knowledge and interests.

Message to Students

Language proficiency is only the first part of "fluency" in a foreign language. When you interact with someone else, what do you see in them? They are not just a language or an ethnicity or a gender. Like you, they have goals and interests and ways of thinking about the world that are all different from yours. Real interaction comes from speakers having an understanding and a respect for those differences. From that respect, speakers in dialogue with each other can create new knowledge together.

Hau-yun Tang

Hau-yun Tang

Taiwanese Literature

Hau-yun Tang
Research associate

Research Topic

Taiwanese Literature

Self-Introduction

I am originally from Taiwan, and after I graduated from The National Taiwan University I received a scholarship from the Interchange Association in Japan to come and study in this country. After receiving my M.A. and Ph.D. from Kobe University, I returned to Taiwan to work in the Academia Sinica as a postdoctoral fellow for two years. In 2011, I came back to Japan to teach Chinese, first in Kwansei Gakuin University, and now, from the spring of 2015, in Doshisha University. I study in Taiwanese literature written under Japanese rule, and am especially interested in the issue of language.

Message to Students

It is really a wonderful thing that students in the Faculty of Global Communications can study abroad for one year. To study abroad means diving into an unknown world. Just meet a lot of people, observe, and comprehend a different culture with an open mind. I believe it will become a valuable experience in your life.

Takahiro Teranishi

Takahiro Teranishi

Cognitive linguistics,etc…

Takahiro Teranishi
Professor

Research Topic

Cognitive linguistics (Cognitive semantics), Metaphor, Embodiment

Self-Introduction

Hello! I come from Kobe. My life took many interesting detours and now I am delighted to be in Kyoto. I am happy to teach and work with my students in Kyoto. People sometimes say that I don’t know how to slow down or when to stop. My approach now is to sleep well because I have worked hard and I believe good ideas will flow from my increased energy. I am interested in metaphors, in particular, concept formation through metaphorical extensions. Using metaphorical extensions, people are able to see something as something else. For example, the rose is often used as a metaphor of love in English poetry. Native speakers of English see LOVE as ROSE and grasp a concept of love through the rose. Metaphors are not only ornamental figures of speech, but are important conceptual tools: figures of thought.

Message to Students

What is Global Communications? How do you improve your Global Communication skills? What will you do by using them? You may be eagerly anticipating that great on-your-own adventure known as “Global Communications.” In order to survive in this faculty, you might have a tiny voice pushing a few questions into your conscious thoughts, such as, “Am I ready? What day is the deadline for that assignment? What do I need on my final exam? What kind of help might need? From whom?” Make some noise!!!

Naotaka Uchida

Naotaka Uchida

Politics and Diplomacy of Modern China,etc…

Naotaka Uchida Professor

Research Topic

Politics and Diplomacy of Modern China, Chinese Modern and Contemporary History

Self-Introduction

My field of study is the politics and diplomacy of modern China, specifically focusing on China-Japan relations during the first half of the 20th century. I am interested in understanding why both Japan and China rushed into wars during this time. As an undergraduate student I studied modern and contemporary Chinese history. At the same time I began studying the Chinese language. Before I began teaching Chinese at the university level I worked for the Consulate General of Japan in Shanghai. My responsibility was to analyze China's political and economic problems. My personal interests include listening to music, watching movies and traveling.

Message to Students

I hope you will study Chinese hard every day and endeavor to reach the level of a native speaker. I am sure that it will be a wonderful experience for you to study abroad for one year during your four-years at Doshisha. I am looking forward to meeting you and to talking about the future of China-Japan relations with you.

Riko Wakita

Riko Wakita

Japanese Language Teaching,etc…

Riko Wakita
Professor

Research Topic

Japanese Language Teaching, Academic Writing Education, Intercultural Communication

Self-Introduction

Fukuoka-born, I have taught overseas students Japanese language at universities for more than 20 years. Recently, my research interests are in logical thinking and academic writing education. I thoroughly enjoy Kyoto’s annual festivities as well as its seasonal natural beauty. In particular, I recommend the Setsu-bun (the close of winter) festival at Mibu temple on Feb. 3rd, the Gion festival Yama-hoko Junkou on July 17th and 24th, and the colorful autumn leaves of Eikan-do temple. I sometimes sing hymns as a member of the faculty chorus group at the Imadegawa Chapel hour.

Message to Students

Please join us if you want to deeply understand the Japanese language and have an interest in Japanese culture. Because our aim is to prepare students to play an active part in our global world, it is important to study not only the Japanese language but also Japanese society and Japanese culture. As you will be studying in small-sized classes, there will be many opportunities to communicate during class. Furthermore, you will be able to study with Japanese students during some lectures. I am looking forward to meeting you at Kyotanabe campus.

Yuko Yoshida

Yuko Yoshida

Theoretical Linguistics,etc…

Yuko Yoshida Professor

Research Topic

Theoretical Linguistics (Phonetics, Phonology, Morpho-Phonological Interface, Syntax-Phonology Interface), Language Varieties (Kansai and Ryukyuan dialects of Japanese and Regional Varieties of English), Sociolinguistics

Self-Introduction

Since I obtained my doctorate in General Linguistics, on the pitch accent system of Japanese (University of London), I have been conducting research into theoretical analysis of various phonological phenomena in Japanese and English, the morpho-phonological interface and phonetics-phonology interface. My research interests include varieties of Japanese, especially Kansai varieties and Ryukyuan, as well as regional varieties of English. I am teaching the following linguistics courses at GC: Introduction to English Speaking Cultures, Knowledge of English, and History of English and World Englishes, as well as conducting Intermediate and Advanced Seminars. In my spare time I like listening to music of various kinds, trying recipes of the world, and gardening.

Message to Students

Linguistics is the scientific study of language questioning how languages work, pursuing the features common to all human languages. Our main goal is to increase our understanding of language use, a distinctively human activity, ultimately contributing to our knowledge of the world.