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08 February 2010 @ 10:58 pm
caught between  
I keep feeling like I'm posting.  But I'm not, really not.  Oh, sure, I'm reading like a fiend and throwing the article notes up for half the articles.  I'm actually caught up on all of my reading for this week, because I read all the articles this weekend.  Now, sadly, all I want to do is goof around because I spent all weekend nose to the grind stone.

I'm not supposed to goof around! 

This does, however, explain the general lack of coherent (non-meme) posts to my own journal.  Emotionally I'm a little more up than down, although last week I did get wildly excited from a convo with one professor and cut to the quick by another professor all in the same day.  Hello emotional pendulum, swing baby, swing. 

We had two job talks last week, and I'm a little afraid that both were on Christianity in Japan, because ... well, compared to other places, there really isn't much Christianity in Japan.  The answer?  Because it's a horrible question.  First we'd be better off asking why Christianity did spread everywhere it has.... and one possible answer is that it came along with military and political backing in most of the 'colonized' countries it spread to.  So to assume that Christianity should have spread to Japan and didn't because Japan is broken or weird or something is a fairly problematic stance.

And sadly, that didn't come from the people doin the talks, so I kinda feel sad for them.  The only other thing I've learned is that I should have my advisor check my handouts because there's a right way of doing them and a wrong way, and BOTH candidates did it the wrong way.

Right now I'm inhabiting the space I've been in for the last umpteen days - at my desk, hunched a little bit over the computer with a mish mash of items around me on the desk, the space heater humming quietly behind me.  The dog walks in from time to time, I think mostly to reassure herself I'm not doing anything entertaining.  She is reassured.

*waves* hi.  what bout you guys?  up to anything this monday night?
i will write in words of fire: [dw] always my heartposhlil on February 9th, 2010 07:55 am (UTC)
Lol, i feel like i'm reading because i skim my flist and get caught up reading the articles you chuck at us. Which is fun, in a way, but it isn't getting me any of my own thesis done, so i meant to ask - would you mind awfully taking me off the academic filter for a short while? I love reading what you put up but i've promised myself that this year i will remove myself from all distractions and if i'm honest, getting excited about someone else's studies is just me pretending like i'm being academic.

Bless your dog, how adorable.

This Monday night (which is Tuesday here) i am reading Caesar's biography and have just been to Blockbuster for dvds. I may also watch the Tudors, because it's taking over my brain and i have to KNOW what happens next! ♥
my monkied brain: buffywill - *glomp*katekat1010 on February 9th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
Of course I can pull you off darling! I completely understand about distractions - they're really quite dangerous!

re the dog: I know, right? she really is precious. Which, I guess, is the whole point of having dogs - so they can be adorable at one.

Eep, I should always remember it's tuesday out there in the world! But it sounds like you have lovely movies and I can't imagine Caesar's biography would be boring. I have as yet to watch an ep of Tudors, though I've heard good things....
i will write in words of fire: [dw] always my heartposhlil on February 9th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, don't i know it? I have all these books on Japanese art and medieval history and i keep thinking NO MUST NOT. It works most of the time. Caesar is actually quite interesting: one ancient author presents him as a dictator from the word go, while the other is much more into his background history. My thesis is a comparable treatment of the two, using the history texts and the other, smaller, biographies from Rome that have survived as external evidence. It's really... well, i want to say fun. Not fun, but you know what mean about academic fun, so yeah. Fun. :P (The writing part won't be, but i always enjoy the research)

I wish i were allowed a dog. Sadly Kim's parents are anti-animal - honestly, i'm lucky to have the fish - and most rental places are no pets. I'll more than likely harrass them to allow me a cat first, but when we get a proper house, i'm so getting a puppy.

The Tudors, if you don't know much detail about Henry's family, is very good and i highly recommend it. Every so often i pick up on a historical plothole, and get a bit o.O with it, but for the most part it's extremely entertaining. And Jonathan Rhys Myers is very very pretty. ;)
literate and stylish: glomp!mishloran on February 9th, 2010 08:10 am (UTC)
I thought you said 'space hamster'. And then had to re-read. 'cause. Space hamster?!

I am glad you are still alive!

And I agree with you re: why didn't Christianity 'make it' in Japan... what did the two lecturers have to say about it? (Or is it too complicated to sum up in an LJ comment reply!?)
my monkied brain: M_merlin smilekatekat1010 on February 9th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
AHAHAHAHAHA. I love the way your brain reads. Space hamsters are AWESOME. I may have to actually dub the heater 'space hamster' for the amusement factor.

And the two job talks were really on this:

The first did his work on the way in which the YMCA, as a non-Asian, globally affiliated organziation that had opened branches in both Japan (Tokyo) and Korea, created a space for Korean youth to explore non-colonial identities and in some cases actually explore resistance to Japan as a colonial power (even while they were in Japan in college).

so when asked the question he kind of said that there was no good answer, that there was also no one single satisfying answer because there are a host of reasons why Christianity never really took hold in Japan (his phrasing).

The second talk was on a Japanese-Christian reaction to the Imperial Rescript (this happened in 1890s), and how Japanese-Christians were a really marginal group in the country but they became part of the popular discourse because the guy who wrote the study guide to the Rescript openly debated with them in newspapers and the like (and these were widely read). I think to some degree she did suggest that by having reports / discussions with resistant Christians it helped the nation as a whole create a counter identity.

And she deferred to the other professor (the one I was talking about in my orig post) and didn't really want to answer the question at all.

(no subject) - shehasathree on February 9th, 2010 09:45 am (UTC) (Expand)
my monkied brain: g/x - bw turn of the headkatekat1010 on February 9th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
*sends you a cooling breeze* thesis skeleton!! that sounds exciting!!! (and the house part, that also is exciting, but for entirely different reasons).

anytime - i hope i didn't come off as pedantic, but didn't want you to dismiss your own awesomeness.
Arielkikucutie on February 9th, 2010 12:27 pm (UTC)
I just got back from Yuki Matsuri, and while it was awesome, I'm only now slowly starting to thaw. Thank god for warm fronts.
my monkied brain: dawn - coquettekatekat1010 on February 9th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
OOOOO! I hope you warm your toes up. Pictures?
Arielkikucutie on February 11th, 2010 08:40 am (UTC)
I'll try to get to putting up some pictures over the weekend.
Emelye: El Cuentoemelye_miller on February 9th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
Meh. Not much. Postponing writing that libretto my friend commissioned in favor of the lucha libre spander thing I'm doing with whichclothes. Drop by for a study break. I drop kicked a midget in the last chapter. Who knows what the future will bring.
my monkied brain: s/x - eecummings lovekatekat1010 on February 9th, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
Dude, I'm loving the movie posters for the Lucha Libre thing you guys are doing!! they are AWESOME, and can't wait till I can read the whole thing. You guys seem like you're a great team for the writing - very productive yeah?
Emelye: Damned Cursoremelye_miller on February 9th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
I'm having a lot of fun, so far! Aren't the posters something? I've never tried writing like this before. It's definitely pushing me to write better, faster.