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Andrew Allen Painter Last modified date:2023.11.22

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Academic Degree
Ph.D. (University of Michigan), M.A. (University of Michigan), B.A. (with honors) Japan Studies (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
Field of Specialization
Anthropology, Academic English, Communication, Mass Media, Biosemiotics
Total Priod of education and research career in the foreign country
Outline Activities
Andrew Painter is teaching academic English and intercultural communication at Kyushu University full time. He is also currently working on a documentary film project titled: "The Biosemiotic Worldview." This project is being done in collaboration with Prof. Don Favareau, University of Singapore. I am also beginning a film project on nostalgia and Showa media in Japan.
Research Interests
  • Simmel, Bateson, Luhmann: Towards a new social dialectic
    keyword : Bateson, Lehman
  • The development of Japanese Television, including its function in the Japanese social system qua communication.
    keyword : Television, Communication Theory, Social System
  • Andrew Painter is currently researching Biosemiotics in relation to modern media and society and is producing a documentary film tentatively titled:
    The Biosemiotic Worldview.
    keyword : Biosemiotics, Mass media
  • Cognitive, Environmental Anthropology
    keyword : Cognition and Symbolic Systems
  • My research is on production and use of multimedia and documentary texts in the classroom and on the web.
    keyword : Multimedia, CALL, web production
Academic Activities
1. Andrew Painter, Applying Problem Based Learning and Team Based Learning to University Level English Instruction in Japan: Notes on Theory and Practice, Studies in English Language and Literature, 68, 107-118, 2018.04.
2. Andrew A. Painter, The Telerepresentation of Gender in Japan. , 1996.02.
3. Andrew A. Painter, 12/1996: Japanese Daytime Television, Popular Culture and Ideology., Chapter in Contemporary Japan and Popular Culture (Consumasian Book Series). Edited by John W. Treat. Univ. of Hawaii Press. , 1996.12.
4. Andrew A. Painter, The Production of Japanese Television and Culture: An Anthropological Approach., The Journal of Japanese Studies, Spring 1993, 1993.04.
Membership in Academic Society
  • Design Research Society
  • International Society for Biosemiotic Studies
  • AAA
Other Educational Activities
  • 2016.04, Active English: Play Disc Golf! I have been teaching this course twice yearly as part of the Open Course program at Kyushu University for the past 4 years.
    This class is among the most popular elective courses at Kyudai, and is great for student language development and health!.
Professional and Outreach Activities
I am working with Professor Don Favareau (University of Singapore) on a documentary film entitled: The Semiotic Worldview..