Ph.D. Candidate, Department of East Asian Languages & Civilizations
Scott W. Aalgaard is a PhD Candidate at the University of Chicago, where he studies in the Department of East Asian Languages & Civilizations. Scott has spent most of his life living ‘in-between’ Canada, Japan, and now the United States, and is a former long-term resident of Fukushima Prefecture. His doctoral research engages with various forms of cultural expression, including music, literature, and social criticism, that grapple with some of the ambiguous notions of ‘community’ held by social actors confronting conditions of precarity in post-1970 Japan. Scott’s translation of Arakawa Akira’s “Confronting Home-Grown Contradictions: Reflections on Okinawa’s ‘Forty Years Since Reversion’” appeared in The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus in June, 2013. Further translations of works by Nakano Shigeharu and Igarashi Akio are forthcoming.