DIVISION OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES
OFFICE OF THE CHAIR -
October 8, 2009
ALL ACADEMICS AND STAFF AT UCSD
This past weekend we learned of the passing of our colleague and friend, Masao Miyoshi, Ph.D., holder of the Hajime Mori Endowed Chair in Japanese Language and Literature, UCSD Literature Department, 1986-2004. Many of us knew Masao and we are deeply saddened by the loss of an important person in the history of the Department of Literature.
Born May 14, 1928, Masao graduated from the University of Tokyo, majoring in English, and earned advanced degrees at New York University. He was a very respected and prolific scholar, who authored "The Divided Self: A Perspective on the Literature of the Victorians" (1969), "Accomplices of Silence: The Modern Japanese Novel" (1975), "As We Saw Them: The First Japanese Embassy to the United States (1860)" (1979), "Off Center: Power and Culture Relations Between Japan and the United States" (1991), and "The University in 'Globalization:' Culture, Economy, and Ecology (2003), as well as a great number of scholarly articles. He also edited and co-edited many other books of essays on globalization, post-modernism, and the future of area studies. A number of his books and articles have been translated into several languages.
Throughout his long and illustrious career, Masao received invitations to lecture around the world and to contribute articles to many journals and edited volumes. As holder of the Hajime Mori Endowed Chair in Japanese Language and Literature, he lectured, presented papers and organized panels at major international conferences concerned with Japanese and East Asian cultural affairs. He was one of the most high-profile members of our faculty, and he will be very much missed.
Please join us as we send our heartfelt condolences to Masao's family and friends. We will let you know when the memorial service is organized. Please contact Nancy Daly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be notified about the service.