Joining University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies; development of the University’s Japanese studies program and early Carnegie Corporation financial support, 1947-1948; field work in Okayama, Japan and VILLAGE JAPAN, 1950-1959; POLITICAL MODERNIZATION OF JAPAN project; THE POLITICS OF THE DEVELOPING AREAS, 1960-1966. Discussion of the University of Michigan’s Far East studies degree progra ms; the current state of U.S. Japanese language education; the development and structure of university area studies departments; interest in Japanese studies in the years following WWII; receiving departmental funding from private foundations and the U.S. government and potential conflicts of interest; comparisons between working with Carnegie, the Ford Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council; how social science, political science, and the humanities relate to area studies; collaborating with Japanese scholars and the restrictions of academia in postwar Japan. Impressions of William W. Marvel, Pendleton Herring, Robert A. Hall, John W. Gardner.
Educators; Japan Intellectual life; Ward, Robert E; Carnegie Corporation of New York
Director, Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan; Committee on Comparative Politics, Social Science Research Council; Director, Center for Research in International Studies, Stanford University; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution.
Interviewed by Isabel S. Grossner on May 25, 1967.
Copyright by The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, 1986.