2013年12月19日木曜日

冬休みと冬学期の研究・Winter Break and Winter Quarter Research

先週、冬休みが始まった。1月まで続くので、少しゆっくりしたいね。けど、日本に留学する準備もしなくちゃ。冬学期を早く終わるので、最後のプロジェクトの研究を始める。日本にいる時の研究の計画も作らないといけない。

じゃあ、最後のプロジェクトをこの日記で始めよう。最初に、何を研究したほうがいいのかと考えたら、話題を2つ思いつく。1つ目は慰安婦問題。他は現代の日本の性関係。どっちでも興味深い話題だけど、慰安婦は歴史的な問題なので、現代の日本社会にあまり関係ないだろうなと思うけど、みんなはどう思う?日本の政治に興味があるけど、この授業の研究として適当なのかな?その研究はどうやって僕に役に立つのかな?政治のことを勉強するのはいいけど、結局、僕は問題を解決す能力がないな。逆に、現代の日本社会を研究したら、将来に役に立つ可能性があるね。その上、それを研究する方は簡単だと思う。難しい話題の知識を増えるのはよくて、そういう挑戦が好きだけど、今度は簡単のほうがいいかな?

***

Winter vacation started last week. It continues until January, so I want to just take it easy for a while. However, I also have some preparation I need to do for studying in Japan. Since I am going to finish winter quarter early, I need to begin the research for my final project. I also need to make a plan for research while I'm in Japan.

Well then, how about I begin my research for winter quarter in this entry. First off, if think about what would be good to research, two topics come to mind. The first one is the comfort women issue. The other is gender relations in Japanese society today. Both are interesting topics, but since the comfort women issue is a historical issue, it probably doesn't have much bearing on Japan today, but I wonder what others think? I'm interested in Japanese politics, but I'm not sure if it's appropriate research for this class. I also wonder how that kind of research is useful to me. Studying political stuff is fine, but in the end, I don't have any way to solve the problem. On the other hand, if I study gender relations in modern Japan, it might be useful to me in the future. On top of that, studying that would be easier I think. It's good for me to increase my knowledge of difficult subjects, and I enjoy the challenge, but maybe this time simple is better?
コメントを投稿