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Japanese Studies Multimedia History Project: Submission Guidelines

How to Get Started

How do I get started?
The first step is to think about someone near you, whom you would want to honor with an interview—maybe a mentor or someone whose work you have always admired. Then contact us with your idea at We will make sure that that person is not already being interviewed by someone else and assist you if you have any questions or need help getting in touch with them.

Can I do more than one entry?
Absolutely! The more we can work as a community to make this important project come to fruition, the sooner this resource will be available to the next generation of librarians and scholars, who are considering entering the Japan Studies field and want to know more about the achievements of those who came before them. We look forward to hearing from you!

Preparing for an Interview

  1. Decide who you would like to interview. Take a look at the "Home" tab to understand the context for these interviews and how the interviews will be used.
  2. Contact Tara McGowan and Victoria Lyon Bestor at to discuss your idea and confirm if anyone else may be interviewing that person. Submission instructions will be provided at that point.
  3. Contact the potential interviewee and ask if they would mind being interviewed for the project. Explain what the project is and how the interview will be used.  
  4. Ask how they would like their history recorded: video, audio, voice-over-pictures, written, other. For additional guidelines around each of these types of interviews, please see the "Interview Tips & Resources" tab.
  5. Set up the interview.  Please let Tara McGowan know if you are interested in using the professional Zoom Room.  
  6. IMPORTANT: Do background research on that person’s contributions to the field of Japanese Studies in the United States and how they participated with NCC or other associations. NCC may be able to help provide a list of relevant committees/events to consider; please contact if necessary.

For more suggestions on how to prepare for your interview, please refer to the "Interview Tips & Resources" tab.

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