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Tufts University: Hosea Hirata - Japanese - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
Hosea Hirata | JPN061 - Introduction to Japanese Culture | Japanese2006-05-14

Review:
Prof. Hirata was teaching the course for the first time, but nonetheless seemed a little unsure of how to present the material. His calling seems to be in literature, not teaching culture. He may have been enthusiastic, but it was hard to tell, because it was a very quiet class. He definitely encouraged participation.

Workload:
The reading was totally unpredictable--some nights, only 30 pages of straightforward history, other nights, 200 pages of history, critical reading, and then the actual literature. Assignments were extremely vague. It helped to have writing fellows, but he was not clear with them either. Also, in his writing assignments, it was clear that he wanted a certain response to a specific question, making it difficult to write an interesting paper. He is also a harsh grader, considering the difficulty and vagueness of his assignments. There were also pop quizzes about once a week.


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Tufts University: Hosea Hirata - Japanese - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
Hosea Hirata | JPN063 - Post-War Japanese Lit | Japanese2005-04-07

Review:
Hirata is a really laid-back and encouraging teacher. The class environment was really comfortable, and there was much student participation welcome. Great books and authors covered. Hirata introduces aspects of Japanese history and culture to deepen the understanding of the literature, and also acknowledges the readings as translated works, lending insight into the complexities of language within literature that are lost through translation. For those proficient in Japanese he offers the option for you to read the original texts as well.

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Workload was fine, weekly journal entries and some papers. Pretty open with topics.


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