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Contemporary Asian Studies Cluster

NameChihiro KATO
Professor (Doctoral Program)
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Chihiro KATO

Research Areas

Social Studies of Contemporary China, Chinese Media Studies, History of Japan-China Relation

Message to students

I personally believe that the Japanese government should have appropriated a portion of its budget for the establishment of a major research center dedicated to "China studies" but, alas, such is not the case. As China studies from an integrated perspective assume a greater degree of urgency and importance around the world, together with the students I hope to develop this Graduate School of Global Studies at Doshisha University into one of the most important institutions of its kind in Japan.  For nearly thirty years, I have travelled on foot throughout mainland China and the peripheral Asian region as a reporter. I have been fortunate enough to have been on the scene of incidents that will surely be recorded in the chronological records of history, and to hear the voices of persons who pushed forward the gears of history. It is indeed important to learn from previous research findings and seek new materials, and to find inspiration in discussions with your peers. One more thing: I invite you to take every opportunity to visit "gen-ba (the field)," observe "gen-butsu (actual goods)," and listen to what "gen-jin (real persons)" have to say. Keeping in mind this "three gen principle,' I hope that together we can create a vibrant atmosphere for research.

作为这样一个正在发生惊人变化国度的邻邦,日本本应设置一个以政府为主体的中国研究中心,然而我们还没有。从世界的视角、以综合的视点进行中国研究的重要性和迫切性越来越高涨的今天,同志社全球化问题研究科(Global Studies)应运而生,我衷心希望能和各位一起把这个学科发展成为日本的重要的研究中心之一。