Love your blog-- it's often over my head, but it's exciting anyway.
I have a BA in East Asian Studies (concentration: Japanese Literature), and I'd like to get a PhD. My area of interest is Buddhist cuisine and tea ceremony, particularly in Japan. I realize this is a very specialized field, so I can't expect to find a professor to study with, who focuses on this particular subject matter. I have been compiling a list of Anthropology & Sociology professors to contact, those who are focused on Japan and its culture. I wonder how far I should branch out. Do you think I should approach professors of religion, history, literature, linguistics and things like that, even though they are not in the fields of my primary interest?
What do you think I should look for in a professor?
Also, do you know where I could find a ranking of East Asian Studies programs? You made a list of major programs in your 8/19/09 post. Are there any you'd like to add to it, and/or do you have any comments on it?
Thank you for your input and generosity; I value it highly!
Friday, March 19, 2010
This just in from Kips (origins unknown):