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Japanese Library Studies Multimedia History Project: Interviews


You can explore more information on each individual below by clicking on the "Read More" link on each partial biography. If the person's information is listed in the right-hand column, an interview will be posted soon!

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Yasuko Makino


Yasuko Makino was born in Tokyo in 1937 and received a B.A. in psychology from Tokyo Woman’s Christian University. In 1964, Makino moved to the United States and acquired an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language and an M.L.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She was Japanese Cataloger at the East Asian Library there, from 1972 to 1977... (Read More)

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Victoria Lyon Bestor


VICTORIA LYON BESTOR has spent her career working in educational and nonprofit administration and doing research on Japan. She retired after nearly 18 years as executive director of the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (NCC) in June 2017. Prior to that she held administrative positions at Cornell University, was associate director of the Donald Keene Center of... (Read More)

Amy Heinrich


Amy Vladeck Heinrich received her PhD in Japanese Literature in 1980 from Columbia University, under the guidance of Professor Donald Keene. Following his advice, when researching her dissertation on the poetry of Saitō Mokichi she became a member of the poetry group in Tokyo, Uchūfū, and attended meetings for many years. Her major publications include, as author, Fragments of Rainbows: the Life and... (Read More)

Eric Gangloff


Eric Gangloff attended The University of Chicago where he received a BA in Japanese in 1965 and PhD in Japanese Literature in 1973. His dissertation focused on the drama of Kinoshita Junji in its social and political context. He published a translation of Kinoshita’s 1970 two-part drama Kami to Hito to no Aida as Between God and Man: A Judgment on War Crimes in 1979. Gangloff began his academic... (Read More)

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