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Japanese 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!

Full Interviews Available

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)

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)

Sachie Noguchi


SACHIE NOGUCHI grew up in Gunma Prefecture, Japan, and studied at Keio University, where she received a dual undergraduate degree in both Library Science and Japanese Literature. Later, she received an MA in Library Science from McGill University and another in Sociology from the University of British Columbia. She was Japanese Cataloger at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana from 1984-88... (Read More)

Patricia Steinhoff



PATRICIA STEINHOFF holds an honors BA in Japanese Language and Literature from the University of Michigan (1963) and a PhD in Sociology from Harvard University (1969). She taught at the University of Hawaii from 1968 to 2019 and is currently emeritus professor of sociology. In her 51 years at the University of Hawaii she taught courses on Japanese society, social movements, and sociological theory... (Read More)

Dr. Kristina Kade Troost


DR. KRISTINA KADE TROOST served as Japanese Studies Librarian at Duke University from 1990 until 2020 and was Head of the International and Area Studies at Perkins Library at Duke University for two decades from 1998 to 2018. She retired on June 30, 2020. Prior to coming to Duke, Kris received a BA In Asian Studies from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and a PhD in History and East Asian... (Read More)


Tokiko Bazzell


TOKIKO BAZZELL worked as a librarian for Nomura Research Institute (Washington, D.C.) and American University (Washington, D.C.), prior to joining the University of Hawaii at Manoa,. Bazzell’s career as a Japan Studies Librarian spans 22 years, and she has served in many key roles, including NCC Chair from 2007 to 2010. In 2021, she received the Nina D.P. Horio Excellence in Librarianship Award. (Read More)

Interviews in Progress

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)

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