Ayaka Horii - McMinnville, Language Teaching Assistant, Japanese
Ayaka received her BA in sociology from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan, and she is majoring Psychology here at Linfield. Her scholarly interests include development/personality psychology.
Interesting Fact: Ayaka has worked as a member of Habitat for Humanity Japan Student Chapter for 3 years, and she has helped to build decent houses for people in need in Thailand and Indonesia. Also, Ayaka has been in New Zealand and Sweden both for one year. Ayaka loves discovering beautiful places, reading books, dipping in Onsen (hot spring), and having a good food with her family and friends.
Masayuki Itomitsu - Associate Professor of Japanese
Dr. Itomitsu has been at Linfield since 2009, the same year he graduated with his doctorate in Japanese from Ohio State University. His dissertation concerned the measurement of language learners’ pragmatic knowledge using a web-based standardized test. Professor Itomitsu's research interests include Japanese language pedagogy, materials development, Japanese linguistics, teacher training and testing. He serves as an ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview tester and as a writer and reviewer for AP Japanese and the SAT II Subject Test in Japanese. Apart from that, he is also a board member of the Association of Teachers of Japanese in Oregon (ATJO) and advises Linfield’s Japanese Club.
Christopher T. Keaveney - Professor of Japanese, Global Languages and Cultural Studies Department; Co-Chair of Asian Studies and Administrative Coordinator of International Studies
Chris Keaveney joined the Linfield faculty in 1997. He teaches introductory and intermediate Japanese language and culture courses and shares oversight of advising for Japanese majors and minors. In addition, he teaches courses about East Asian film and literature and oversees the Chinese Studies program while also sharing oversight of the East Asian Studies program. Professor Keaveney has co-taught several January Term courses in China and Japan and regularly offers an Inquiry Seminar course about East Asian culture.
Professor Keaveney's research interests include Japanese cultural studies and cultural relations between China and Japan in the mid-twentieth century. He is the author of the books The Subversive Self in Modern Chinese Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004); Beyond Brushtalk: Sino-Japanese Literary Exchange in the Interwar Period (Hong Kong University Press, 2009); and The Cultural Evolution of Postwar Japan: The Contributions of Kaizo's Yamamoto Sanehiko (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). His forthcoming book from Hong Kong University press, Contesting the Myths of Samurai Baseball: Japan's National Pastime in Literature, Film and Manga, examines how the game of baseball and its attendent myths are treated in Japanese culture. His current research project examines how Orientalism has shaped Western rock musicians' conceptions of Japan.