Quarter Abroad Japan - Instructor

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Japanese Language and Culture in Kyoto

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Robert Borgen


I first went to Japan on a study abroad program as an undergraduate at Antioch College. That led to graduate school at the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Japanese history and literature. After teaching at the University of Hawaii, I came to Davis in 1988 and taught in both the East Asian Languages and Cultures and the History Departments until I retired from teaching in 2010. Although I am no longer teaching regularly, I continue to pursue my research on early Japan culture, focusing on the Heian period (794-1185), when Kyoto was the capital of Japan. My academic interests include cultural relations between Japan and China, Japanese religion, and Japan’s Chinese-language literary tradition. Exploring contemporary Japan ranks high among my less academic interests.