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AC Voice Appreciates: Joseph Hardy Neesima, Class of 1870

(James Hildebrand)– Joseph Hardy Neesima, aka Nījima Jō, was nothing short of a badass. Despite facing the threat of execution under the Japanese closed borders foreign policy of the Edo … Continue reading

March 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

Fear of Flying, Fear of Mujō

(James Hildebrand)– If you study the faces of the sleeping people around you, there’s a good chance you’ll get to see the exact moment when someone waking to unexpected turbulence … Continue reading

February 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

Confronting Genetics

(James Hildebrand)– I think my first encounter with the notion of fate came when I realized that I’d developed the same cowlick as my dad. This was an understandably traumatic … Continue reading

February 12, 2014 · 2 Comments

How Board Games Made Me a Better Advocate

(James Hildebrand)– It can be hard at times to find an activity at Amherst that doesn’t leave you thinking, “Well, I guess I’m just not good enough.” It doesn’t matter … Continue reading

January 26, 2014 · 6 Comments

Hiroshima and Nagasaki: A Lesson in Surviving Trauma

(James Hildebrand)– Standing at the summit of Mt. Inasa, you would never guess that the city below, famous today for its “10 Million Dollar Night View” was reduced to an … Continue reading

November 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

From Karate Kid to Pediatric Volunteer

(James Hildebrand)– I realize that fantasizing about going to the Orient and returning with forbidden battle techniques hardly makes me the poster boy for the merits of a liberal arts … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

Assimilation is Not an Option

(James Hildebrand)– The way I see it, you run into two major types of foreigners here in Japan. On one end, you have the kids whose ultimate goal is total … Continue reading

October 8, 2013 · 7 Comments

“I’m Gay, But I’m Not A Faggot”

(James Hildebrand)– I grew up around enough Y-chromosomes for me to know that every guy struggles with his masculinity. Gay or straight, at some point in our lives we’ve all … Continue reading

September 14, 2013 · 7 Comments

Maid Cafés and the Myth of Japanese Perversion

(James Hildebrand)– I’m never going back to Akihabara. I mean, sure, it sounds like a real riot on paper (it’s the kind of place that travel writers might describe in … Continue reading

August 30, 2013 · 4 Comments

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