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CCSRE Life Stories: Elizabeth Morrison

Learn more about the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity  at Middlebury College.

“Life Stories of Middlebury College” is a multi-phase initiative intended to gather people’s experiences while at the college, particularly reflections that highlight issues of diversity.  In her interview, Elizabeth Morrison , who teaches East Asian religion, talks about the connections she hopes to make with the students, whether it is creating an atmosphere of affirmation for students of Asian background or bringing more awareness of religious beliefs and practices to Americans, Africans, or others, and also to invite discussions that can break open some of the tightly held views that people hold  of others’ religions.

 

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Elizabeth Morrison

Associate Professor of Religion

Danny Loehr

 

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Creating a National Ideal: How Baseball Drove Bushido in 20th Century Japan

Learn more about History and Japanese at Middlebury College

Baseball is certainly Japan’s most popular sport, in part because players there are said to embody bushido, an ancient set of values said to have described samurai gentlemen of old. However, bushido is far from timeless and unchanging. Instead, it is a dynamic term that has changed, especially in the 20th Century, as Japanese society has struggled to maintain its unique identity despite the homogenizing pressures of globalization. I argue that baseball players bring about this change by setting examples for the rest of society, and that as the behavior of players has evolved, the popular perception of bushido and the way Japanese citizens idealize their own history has evolved right with them.

People

Adam Lee
Researcher

Neil Waters
Sponsor & Kawashima Professor of Japanese Studies

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