Giving to Japanese Studies
The support of private donors and corporate sponsors is critical to the department's mission of excellence in teaching and research.
Financial gifts help fund leading research, student scholarships, outreach activities, and the purchase of library resources. Gifts in kind are used by academic staff and students to enrich research opportunities and support research-led teaching.
Those interested in supporting Japanese Studies should contact the Chair of the Department. Donors are welcome to specify how gifts are used and all financial contributions are tax-deductible (within Australia). Any and all support will be gratefully and publicly acknowledged by both the department and the University of Sydney.
I have had a strong affection for the University since my days as an undergraduate in the 1960s; my father was a graduate and now my daughter is as well, so I am delighted to be able to make a contribution to it. Since my first visit to Japan in 1973 I have been very interested in Japanese culture and history. I also love books and libraries, and was a bookseller for nine years. As it is more interesting, and perhaps more efficient, to support a particular project, I decided to make donations to enable the University Library to acquire books and materials for research and teaching in Japanese studies. Having learned something of the work of the Department, and read some books and articles by its members, I am sure my idea was justified and I hope, over time, to assist in building a substantial and useful collection.
I am delighted that I am now in the fortunate position of being able to give a little in return for what Japanese Studies at the University of Sydney has given me. I am very conscious of the fact that I would never have been able to study in Japan without the financial support of a scholarship donated by a private philanthropist over forty years ago. That support in my early post-graduate years provided the impetus for my academic career, enabling me to complete a Ph.D. thesis and land my first full-time job as a lecturer at the University of London. After I returned to the University of Sydney in 1978, particularly after I was appointed to the Chair in Japanese Studies in 1988, I became aware of just how important donations are to university departments. In the context of shrinking government support for tertiary education, donations from private individuals can help provide those essential extras – encouragement of excellence in the form of prizes for students, research and library support etc – that are necessary for a healthy, vibrant department. I hope my small donation can contribute to the shaping of students’ careers in Japan-related fields, in academia or in business, by encouraging students to pursue post-graduate study in the department of Japanese Studies in the School of Languages and Cultures.
I joined the Department of Oriental Studies of Sydney University in 1961 to teach Japanese language and literature as the first Japanese native speaker after the end of the Pacific War.
The department had taught Japanese language and history since 1918, and was strong in Japanese literature since A. R. Davis resumed teaching Japanese in 1956 after a hiatus in the post-war period and G. W. Sargent and B. C. McKillop joined him. Inspired and assisted by them, I taught various modern novelists and translated and published some of their works. My PhD thesis on Sôseki was also published.
I retired from teaching in 2001 but continue my research using Fisher Library to which I have donated many books. Also, as I wish the tradition to be upheld and the study of Japanese literature and culture flourish into the future, I have made donations to establish a prize and support research in the study of Japanese literature in the Department and decided to leave a bequest to the University in my will.