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Sponsored by BioKyowa, Inc.

 "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., a subsidiary of Kyowa Hakko Kogyo of Tokyo, Japan, 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., is a major producer of amino acids used in a variety of pharmaceutical and food products .  The company opened its Cape Girardeau plant in 1984, with 80 employees.  A major expansion of the operation has been recently completed, increasing the number of employees to about 200.  BioKyowa has been honored with the "Industry of the Year" award by the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce.  In addition to the Visiting Japanese Scholar Program, BioKyowa funds a scholarship program at Southeast and supports other civic and charitable organizations.

The 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 $2,000. 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 Professor Ikuko Fujihira of Tokyo Gakugei University, Professor Kiyoko Toyama of Tokyo Woman's Christian University, Professor Toshio Koyama of  Kwansei Gakuin University, Professor Hisao Tanaka of Hiroshima University, Professor Yayoi Okada of Kwansei Gakuin University, and Professor Takaki Hiraishi of the University of Tokyo.  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.

Japanese scholars wishing to be considered for the award in the year 2005 should send a vita accompanied by a one-page cover letter describing relevant research interests and qualifications to:

Robert W. Hamblin, Director
Center for Faulkner Studies 
Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau, MO  63701

Deadline for receipt of application for the 2005 award is November 15, 2004.

For more information, e-mail the Center at cfs@semo.edu.

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