Each year, the recipients of the 20th Century Japan Research Awards visit the University of Maryland to use the materials in the Gordon W. Prange Collection. They often spend a week or more on campus. They are interviewed at the end of their stay about their research experience.
One of the two recipients of the award for 2018-2019 is Alisa Freedman, Professor of Japanese Literature, Cultural Studies, and Gender at the University of Oregon. Her research topic is, “New Women for Democratic Japan: Rise of the Japanese University Student in the Occupation Era.”
We asked Professor Freedman the following interview questions:
- How did you learn about the research award, and why did you apply for it?
- What motivated you to focus on this research topic?
- Which materials in the Prange Collection left the biggest impression on you?
- How would you describe the research experience at the University of Maryland Libraries?
- Do you have any suggestions for fellow researchers using the collection?
Curious about how she responded? Click the document below!