Our faculty are first-rate at attracting recognition and support for their research. This week, we’re celebrating Tze Loo, a professor of history and international studies.

Loo received a Japan Foundation grant for her research project, “Religion and Rule in Prewar Okinawa.” Her benefactor, the Japan Foundation, was founded by Japan in 1972 to cultivate friendship and ties between Japan and the world by supporting global projects to foster friendship, trust, and mutual understanding through culture, language, and dialogue.

During her 10-month fellowship, Loo will focus on book projects in either English or Japanese that will shed new light on how Okinawa’s religious landscape, practices, and discourses functioned as a mechanism for political control prior to WWII.

“Studies of prewar Okinawa have paid scant attention to what happened to the indigenous religion following Okinawa’s formal annexation by Japan in 1879,” Loo said. “Such attention will render a more complex picture of how mainland rule was extended over the islands and how Okinawans responded to that rule.”

Loo will be able to visit and conduct research in shrines, libraries, and archives containing unpublished privately held materials in Tokyo and northern Okinawa. She also will interview Okinawan practitioners of religious rites who remember the prewar period.

We’ll miss her on campus this year, but she’s in good company with several other faculty heading abroad to conduct research. We’ve previously shared about two Richmond professors who received Fulbright grants this spring.

Way to go and bon voyage, Dr. Loo!