Japanese National Honor Society

To students who are graduating this December 2016:

If you are interested in being nominated for membership in the Japanese National Honor Society, please contact Yukie Aida at aiday@austin.utexas.edu by Friday, October 21st. The criteria are described below.

Academic criteria for student membership in JNHS–CC are as follows:

  • Completion of 5 semester- or 7 quarter- courses of Japanese language study (or their equivalent) at the college undergraduate level. All 5 semester courses or 7 quarter courses must be language study taken for a grade (as opposed to audit or pass-fail). Transfer credits from post-secondary institutions other than the institution from which the student will receive the undergraduate degree may count toward these credit requirements up to a maximum of 2 semester courses or 3 quarter courses (or their equivalent);
  • a GPA of 3.5 in Japanese language courses
  • an overall GPA of 3.0

Students should be nominated for membership when they are in the last semester/quarter before graduating.

Visit http://www.aatj.org/studentactivities/jnhs/JNHS-CC.html for more information.

Time to Come in for Registration Advising

Registrations for Spring 2017 starts next week!

There are sign-up sheets on the table outside my office; as I am not seeing students in any particular order this year, anyone is welcome to sign up.

The Asian Studies Area List will soon be posted on the Asian Studies website, but keep in mind it’s subject to change (some classes may be cancelled and others will be added).

Seniors shouldn’t have bars (unless you’re new to the major or on academic probation), but if you’re within a semester of graduating, you should definitely come in to ensure you’re on track to graduate.

You’re welcome to email me with any questions or concerns, but I won’t be answering the phone during registration advising, so don’t rely on leaving me a voice mail.

The Course Schedule for Spring 2017 will be available here: http://registrar.utexas.edu/schedules

Your registration times and bar information can be found here: http://registrar.utexas.edu/students/registration/before/ris

You can find the list of Asian Studies course descriptions by visiting our website: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/asianstudies/courses/

Degree Audits: You can view your degree audit through the Interactive Degree Audit (IDA) system: http://registrar.utexas.edu/students/degrees/ida

TALK: Career Porn and the Good Life

The Department of Asian Studies & The Center for East Asian Studies invites you to:

Career Porn: Blogging and the Good Life,” a talk by Professor Gabriella Lukacs.

When: Friday, October 28, 2016 at 3:30 – 5:00 pm | Meyerson Conference Room WCH 4.118

This presentation examines the role of blogging in reconfiguring dominant perceptions of work in 2000s Japan. In the early 2000s, a growing number of blogging tutorials accompanied the rapidly increasing number of bloggers. These tutorials promoted blogging as a new pathway to the good life and DIY careers while criticizing lifetime employment for compromising individual freedom.

By doing so, Professor Lukacs argues, blogging tutorials made more acceptable the erosion of protections and benefits that the system of lifetime employment used to offer. Moreover, by presenting blogging as an activity that belonged in the realm of play, rather than work, blogging tutorials effectively foreclosed opportunities for bloggers to earn an income from producing online content.

These tutorials helped blogging portals recruit online content providers, predominantly women, who were not paid for producing blogs. At the same time, blogging platforms grossed massive revenues from selling the community of blog writers and readers to advertisers.


Gabriella Lukacs is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research explores themes of television, digital media, capitalism, labor, and gender in contemporary Japan. Her first book, Scripted Affects, Branded Selves: Television, Subjectivity, and Capitalism in 1990s Japan, was published by Duke University Press. Her current book project, Duplicitous Technologies: Labor and Gender in Japan’s Digital Economy, explores why women turn to the digital economy and how this economy mobilizes them to new regimes of unpaid labor.