I get tons of great ideas from my students. I’ve been back behind the lectern (sort of like being “behind the wheel” of a smoke-peeling and totally externally terrifying Nascar steed, not to be confused with being “under the wheel”/unterem Rad) for about three weeks now and I can’t count how many new ideas I’ve been exposed to.
Just to rattle off a few:
*North Korea uses Sun Tzu’s ideology brilliantly to steal their enemy’s food, turning aside the Sunshine Policy which also has its basis in Sun Tzu’s maxim to “win without fighting”
*the Japanese minister of postal service is a barometer to watch for American corporate pressure on Japanese politics
*”One Country, Two Systems” is not a concept compatible with the Warring States mentality of unification
*U.S. bombing of North Korea should be accorded same data-rich research approach as research of U.S. bombing of Japan (e.g., sb. needs to write the Korean War version of Richard B. Frank’s Downfall)
*Japanese companies should be mad at Koizumi for screwing up rapprochement with the DPRK, and they remain on the furthest periphery from anything resembling a profitable contract in North Korea
*Minoru Morita is a prophet of the leftist resurgence in Japan etc. etc.
And that doesn’t count anything mentioned in my seminar class of up-and-coming scholars in the history department seminar. Not sure yet if these particular questions are going to fundamentally redefine any of my scholarship, but who knows? It’s happened before.
So I don’t dread a pile of papers on this here onyx Dell.
And since I seem to have a job as a university professor, and I seem to enjoy the associated activities, a few action shots might be in order. Because training camp is over!
Appreciation to Tyler Bowen for pulling these together [all photos taken at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington, 30 Sept. 2009].