College of Humanities Newsletter

Spring 2012, Volume 6, Issue 2

In This Issue

Departments and Programs

  • Asian American Studies
  • Chicana/o Studies
  • English
  • Gender & Women’s Studies
  • Liberal Studies & Humanities Interdisciplinary Program
  • Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Office of Interdisciplinary Studies:
    • American Indian Studies
    • Central American Studies
    • Jewish Studies
    • Linguistics
    • Queer Studies
    • Russian Studies
    • Sustainability Studies

Not quite the PROUST QUESTIONNAIRE...
with apologies to Vanity Fair and Marcel Proust

Marcel Proust

This academic year the College of Humanities welcomed an extraordinary 11 new faculty members, who in the fall brought their considerable talents to seven departments and programs: Asian American studies, Chicana and Chicano studies, English, Linguistics/TESL, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.

As our new faculty entered their second semester at CSUN, we asked a number of them to respond to a brief, modified Proust questionnaire, so named for the writer Marcel Proust, who answered the somewhat probing personal questions twice during his lifetime — and because his answers were preserved for future generations, this onetime parlor game lives on.

Many thanks to the participating faculty members who so willingly shared with us their time, thought, wit, and honesty. Each answered the questions to which they most wanted to respond.

Tomo Hattori, Assistant Professor
Asian American Studies

Tomo Hattori
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Tomo Hattori

Dr. Hattori earned his Ph.D. in English literature at McMaster University in Canada. His areas of specialization and interest include American literature—subspecializing in Asian American literature and Asian American children’s literature — ethnic and cultural studies, and critical race theory.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Some of that is personal, but there would also have to be lots of family, food, sunshine, and sleep.

What is your greatest fear?
Failure. Or success.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Laziness.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Laziness.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Jogging and other fitness activities.

When and where were you happiest?
A peak of joy dwells in every moment. Duh.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
How will I know until I am dead?

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
A person or a thing.

What is your most treasured possession?
Time with my daughter and wife.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Ignorance.

What is it that you most dislike?
Ignorance and Sloth.

Which talent would you most like to have?
The ability to play a musical instrument.

What is your motto?
I don’t go by mottos much. When I was younger, though,
I did appreciate the saying that living well is the best revenge.