This project began back when I was a PhD student at the University of
California, Santa Cruz, where I was asked to think systematically about
power, pleasure, and disempowerment by my teachers Harry Berger,
Chris Connery, Roberto Crespi, David Halperin, Donna Haraway, James
O’Connor, Kristin Ross, Dan Selden, and Hayden White. Meeting Harry
Harootunian there was life transforming, as my interests were moving
in the direction of East Asia and he facilitated a move to Cornell after
four great years at Santa Cruz.
Poor Brett de Bary, Victor Koschman, and Naoki Sakai. They offered
a nice PhD fellowship to a student with too much theory and poor lan-
guage skills, and could not have expected that thanks would take the
form of covert and overt resistance to disciplinary formation. In many
ways despite myself and thanks to the efforts of my teachers, Cornell
was a great place for exploring ideas about Japan, East Asia, and the
world. The graduate students in Japanese who contributed to my ex-
plorations included Rich Calichman, Katsuhiko Endo, Yukiko Hanawa,
Lewis Harrington, Joanne Izbicki, Ayako Kano, Beng Choo Lim, Ben
Nakamachi, Setsu Shigematsu, and Josh Young. My awesome Cornell
senpai include Mark Anderson, Mike Bourdaghs, and Joe Murphy. Meet-
ing the smart, young professors Nina Cornyetz, Bill Haver, Hosea Hirata,
Tom Lamarre, and Livia Monet during my first year at Cornell gave me
hope that an adult paycheck just might be in my future. Tim Murray was
the best kind of mentor: intellectually rigorous, witty, and politically en-
I spent four years in Tokyo as a PhD student, from 1994 to 2001, and
Tatsumi Takayuki and Kotani Mari were welcoming and warm during
my various intellectual and political incarnations. My main sensei dur-
ing this time were the improbable couple of Karatani Kojin and Naka-
Previous Page Next Page