Saturday, March 22, 2008

Weeks 4-7: Feeling it

First of all, I would like to apologize for not updating for a month. There haven't been too many changes, but still, there have been things to post on that I have not yet.

Half-way through the semester and past spring break, this is where is starts getting hard. I have a paper/report/project due in each class coming up and there are a number of readings I haven't done yet. I would like to emphasize "yet". I will do them, even if I'm not held accountable for them with quizzes. Actually, I'm more likely to do the reading because there aren't any quizzes. Strange, I know, but very true.

Today I did a telling of 「猫の皿」[neko no sara] "The cat's plate" in Storytelling. It went well. I definitely could have done better and I wish I didn't have to stand (who tells rakugo standing?), but the class laughed at the punchline and that's all that matters. Getting a good grade was icing on the cake.

In an attempt to connect each of my classes to Japan, Japanese culture or Japanese lanugage in one way or another, for Storytelling I decided to have all of my assignments surround rakugo, a type of Japanese professional storytelling. It's been fun so far. I admit it, the biggest inspiration came from Taichi's movie [Shaberedomo Shaberedomo], but I've always had an interest in it and this is a great opportunity to look into it. Next week I have a paper due, which will simply be an introduction to rakugo, its structure, history and place in present-day popular culture.

For Reference, I'm doing my reading report on the History of Japanese-English dictionaries. Choosing this topic made my life 300% more difficult than it needed to be, but if you're going to do it, may as do something interesting and different. I ultimately found myself at Berkeley's East Asian Library because of this reading report, but that journey deserves its own entry, so I'll leave it for another time.

For Management, I'm writing on customer service, focusing on foreign language. Don't know how this is going to go because I've been busy looking for sources for the other classes. Plus I'm interviewing the Librarian of the Harvard-Yenching Library for a different project. Excited about it, but my mind hasn't gotten around to more than scheduling the interview.

It's going to be a busy few weeks coming up.

Also, all new library students have to make a wiki and a simple webpage as part of a requirement to prove basic technology skills, so for anyone interested, here are the links.
(Note: Keep expectations LOW; they're very basic.)
Personal wiki.
Death Valley wiki.
Webpage featuring Chicago (my parents' cat).