"So kind the people that with three words the guest can go anywhere and live: Gohan: Sake: Arrigato."
William Faulkner, "Impressions of Japan," 1955
In conjunction with Southeast Missouri State University and the Center for Faulkner Studies, Biokyowa, Inc., sponsors a Visiting Japanese Scholar Program. The program brings one Japanese scholar each year to the Southeast campus to conduct research in the Brodsky Collection and to participate in various types of cultural exchanges.
BioKyowa, Inc., a subsidiary of Kyowa Hakko Bio Co., LTD., opened its Cape Girardeau plant in 1984 as the first major investment by a Japanese manufacturing company in the state of Missouri. Since its beginning, BioKyowa has gone through several multimillion dollar expansions, evolving into a multiple-plant facility producing high quality, value-added amino acids for products such as nutritional food supplements and fine chemicals.
BioKyowa, Inc. is a caring corporate citizen. In addition to the Visiting Japanese Scholar Program, BioKyowa funds a scholarship program at Southeast Missouri State University and supports numerous other civic and charitable organizations.
BioKyowa has been honored with the "Industry of the Year" award by the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce in 1991, and again in 2000.
The BioKyowa Visiting Japanese Scholar Program is designed to honor the special relationship that Faulkner developed with citizens of Japan during an official visit to the country on behalf of the U.S. Department of State in 1955. Since then almost all of Faulkner's works have been published in Japanese translations, and today there is a thriving interest in Faulkner's works among Japanese readers and scholars.
Participants in the program must be Japanese natives who are faculty members or graduate students at a Japanese university and who have a demonstrable interest in the life and works of William Faulkner. While at Southeast, the visiting scholar, in addition to conducting research, delivers a public lecture on some aspect of Japanese or American literature and/or visits with a number of classes related to his or her academic area. The length of the visit is ordinarily one to two weeks (but may be longer) and is scheduled at a time that is mutually satisfactory to both the visiting scholar and the Center for Faulkner Studies.
BioKyowa reimburses the scholar's travel and per diem expenses up to a maximum of $3,000. Payment is made following the submission of receipts to the Center for Faulkner Studies after the visit has been concluded.
Previous recipients of the award have been:
Ikuko Fujihira, Tokyo Gakugei University;
Kiyoko Toyama, Tokyo Woman's Christian University;
Toshio Koyama, Kwansei Gakuin University;
Hisao Tanaka, Hiroshima University;
Yayoi Okada, Kwansei Gakuin University;
Takaki Hiraishi, University of Tokyo;
Takako Tanaka, Nagoya City University;
Nobuaki Namiki, Senshu University;
Mariko Hiwatashi, Fukuoka University,
Eiko Owada, Waseda University;
Hironori Hayase, Saga University;
Hisao Tanaka, Fukuyama University; and
Noboru Yamashita, Soai University.
Professor Koyama's description of his visit to the Faulkner Center can be found in the September 2002 issue of the William Faulkner Journal of Japan.
The 2012 BioKyowa Visiting Japanese Scholar is Professor Kazumi Shigesako, Professor of English at Hijiyama University in Hiroshima, Japan.
Japanese scholars wishing to be considered for the award in the year 2013 should send electronic versions of a vita and a one-page cover letter describing relevant research interests and qualifications to firstname.lastname@example.org with CC to email@example.com.
For more information, contact:
Robert W. Hamblin, Director
Center for Faulkner Studies
Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
or e-mail the Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.