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Chiaki Takagi

Chiaki Takagi Ph.D in English w/ concentration in Postcolonial Literature and Theory, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
M.A. in African American Literature/North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina Teaching License in 9-12 Japanese
Phone: (336) 334-5655
Fax: (336) 334-5358

Research/ Teaching Interests

  • Japanese language
  • Modern Japanese Literature
  • Works of Haruki Murakami
  • Japan's modernization, westernization, and globalization
  • Translation Theory and Second Language Writing

Personal Statement

I am a lecturer in Japanese and also serve as the director of the Japanese program. I have been teaching at UNCG since 2000 and have designed several courses; including, JNS 220 “Modern Japan,” JNS 230 “Women in Japanese Film and Literature,” and JNS 306 “Current Issues in Japan.” My research and scholarship are interdisciplinary, involving the fields of cultural studies, literature, history, film, linguistics, and women’s and gender studies. I am currently focusing on the Japanese fiction writer Haruki Murakami’s engagement with Japan’s modernity and on the relationship between gendered nationalism and violence. I also have a strong background in translation theory and second language writing pedagogy. I enjoy working with students and am actively involved with J-Club (Japanese Conversation Club) as its faculty advisor.  

Selected Professional Achievements

"Earthquake Nationalism in the Land of Catfish: Earthquakes, People, and Popular Culture in Japan" (Japan Studies Association Journal 2013)

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