Merry White Receives Japan Society Award

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May 1st, 2012

Professor Merry White received the Japan Society’s John E. Thayer Award, which annually recognizes significant achievements by an individual or institution in the field of U.S.-Japan relations.  A longtime member of the Department of Anthropology at Boston University, White is one of America’s most distinguished and most popular Japan scholars. Well known both for her academic publications as well as her popular writings, her teaching includes courses on Japanese society, women in Asia, food and culture, and the anthropology of travel and tourism.  Her newest book, published this month, is titled Coffee Life in Japan, and is an engaging study of Japanese coffee shops and café culture.