eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Christine Yano

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ANTH484, Spring 2013
ANTH487, Fall 2012
ANTH484, Spring 2012
ANTH720, Fall 2011
ANTH429, Spring 2010
ANTH484, Spring 2010

Christine Yano: ANTH484, Spring 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Anthropology
Course: ANTH 484 - Japanese Popular Culture Crn (Section): 84846 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
4.33 18 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 11 (61%) 5 (28%) 1 (6%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.29 18 0.47 Freq(%) 12 (67%) 5 (28%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 18 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 16 (89%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 18 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (28%) 13 (72%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 18 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (22%) 13 (72%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 18 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 5 (28%) 12 (67%)
7. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 18 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (33%) 10 (56%)
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 18 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 2 (11%) 13 (72%)
9. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I learned lots of research skill and useful references in this class.
The videos and peer reviews helped enforce the topics discussed in class.
insight of modern japanese pop culture
Themes being encompassed by material throughout the semester. Helped make connections between different topics
writing skills that were developed through the writing expected of us. Learned interesting aspects of the subject. The peer reviews of papers before they were due was very helpful.
Having to write in multiple different writing styles.
refresher course on academic writing; peer edits for papers were GREAT
excellent
The interesting lectures that changed how I look at Japanese pop culture.
All aspects of the course were great, but I thought student discussions were possibly the most valuable aspect - it gave everyone a chance to discuss and pool their individual ideas before coming together again as a class and placing individual discussions into the context of the larger lecture.
Learning about the specific terms, the theoretical terms in particular, and how to use them to analyze and describe the features of characters within the films we watched.
The lectures given and the assigned readings.
learning about japan and the different aspects about pop culture
I actually learned quite a bit more on a subject I had previously thought myself reasonably knowledgable. Frankly, Prof. Yano has a high level grasp of very large and detailed concepts. The largest valued aspect though was through writing. If I could, I would have her look over every paper I do. Haha.
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
nothings comes to mind at the moment
I wish that we went over more pop culture. Sometimes lecture was a bit repetitive.
some of the discussions were silly; the leaders did not get to get into the sections other than their own
nothing special
There was nothing that I can think of, although if people at least skimmed through the chapters and were tried to answer the questions the reading discussions might have gone better, but that really wasn't the fault of the professor.
The movies, while enjoyable, didn't teach as much.
the section on enka, I realize this is her area of study but I was looking for more pop culture.
Personally, the section on sports was a bit longer than I felt it needed to be. I admit, it could be that my interest wanes on these ideas, but masculinity could have been explored deeper given the time we allotted to it.
11. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 18 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (50%) 9 (50%)
12. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 18 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (50%) 9 (50%)
13. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 18 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 16 (89%)
14. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 18 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (33%) 11 (61%)
15. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 18 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (33%) 12 (67%)
16. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 18 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (22%) 13 (72%)
17. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 18 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 16 (89%)
18. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Good as is.
nothing comes to mind
A lot of us has some issues with knowing what she wanted exactly in the topic of the papers assigned.
Maybe try to add some of the more current content, albeit this is difficult as Japanese pop culture evolves so rapidly. Something on AKB48 might have been useful as the comparison between J-pop and K-pop in Japan can be used to look at the male and female roles in post-bubble modern Japan.
during the lectures she shouldn't asks so many questions like "to what extent is....", if she does she should answer that or let the class answer that.
By continuing to teach it.
19. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Passionate, approachable, knowledgable.
passionate, hospitable, joyous
enthusiastic, helpful, friendly
Stimulating Fun Neat!
Hello Kitty :) Just kidding, I would use knowledgeable, effective and upbeat to describe Professor Yano.
enthusiastic, knowledgeable
Exuberant. Detailed. Focused.
20. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.0 18 1.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 16 (89%)
21. The TA is friendly and accessible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.0 18 1.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 16 (89%)
22. Other comments:
Professor Yano's passion and knowledge for Japanese pop culture helped me improve my critical thinking and writing abilities.
providing students access to writing help is rare for most professors and was appreciated even if it wasn't necessarily used by most of the students
Excellent course - the course materials and professor were very inspiring!
I wish she had another ANTH course focused on Asia in the Fall. I really admire prof. Yano.

Christine Yano: ANTH487, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Anthropology
Course: ANTH 487 - Okinawa and its Diaspora Crn (Section): 79456 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.86 14 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 11 (79%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.54 14 0.52 Freq(%) 6 (43%) 7 (50%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (93%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 14 0.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 13 (93%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 14 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 12 (86%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 14 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 12 (86%)
7. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 14 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 12 (86%)
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 14 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 10 (71%)
9. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The aspect that I felt was the most valuable is how Professor Yano brought all the material together and taught it to us via a collaboration of lecture, mixed-media, guest speakers, discussions, and assignments.
lectures/readings
I have the same answer for both the most and least valuable aspects of the class - the group discussions. When other members of the various discussion groups of which I was a part were prepared, the groups talks were great. I felt that I learned a lot, and was exposed to multiple perspectives on the reading that I wouldn't have had access to otherwise. I also really enjoyed the speakers that came into class, especially Norman at the end. While the class readings were insightful, there's always (usually) a very powerful element to hearing someone actually speak about the same topics from their own experience. Hearing Norman talk about his own experience with the performing arts and identity was wonderful, and really helped me to think about and prepare for the final.
Well organized. Instructor's knowledge and communication skill.
Aspects that were useful were the lectures that help clarify and give a different perspective of thinking. Media and guest speakers also presented experiences useful for the essay work.
I probably learned the most from the videos and the readings. It also helped that we had group discussions on the readings in order to make sure that we understood the content.
guest lectures, attending events related to class subject, audio-visuals, critical thinking, discussions, akisamiyo-moments
Understanding the Okinawan diaspora is valuable in understanding the history and struggle they have persevered. It has opened my eyes to strategies, by the people of Okinawa, in order to keep and spread culture and traditions.
Everything. I learned a lot about Okinawan culture that I never really knew before, and I feel that everything about the course from the way it was organized to the resources we used and the topics we discussed were essential to that.
The reading materials were the most valuable because they gave good insight into and related back to the topic of the class. The reading materials were a different read that the regular anthropology class because the book was an anthology of Okinawans in the Hawaii Okinawan Community. The movie and media selection was great- find more up to date media to show, some of the movies were quite outdated and the perspectives may have changed. I definitely LOVED Norman and the many guest speakers Dr. Yano brought in to supplement and reinforces some of the themes and objectives of the course. Keep Norman around & bring him back!
Films and Guest speakers
Oddly enough, I found one of the most valuable aspects of the course, for me, was the small anthropological exercise of interpreting a document. Though it was only one day, it really helped me to solidify what it is I want to do with my education in the future.
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
All aspects of this course worked in collaboration with each other.
guest speakers. interesting, but too biased to be valuable.
As I mentioned in the previous question, I think the least valuable aspect of the class was (at times) the group discussions. It really just depended on whether or not everyone in the group had done the readings. Often, it felt, others in my groups had not. This became especially frustrating when we switched to have discussions based on fewer readings. At times, it felt like I was talking to myself, and therefore wasn't getting much out of the group.
Presenting what each group learned to the class. I felt that because each had their own topics, listening to what each group discovered left myself in the dark or having a hazy understanding.
As long as you're learning, there is never something that is least valuable.
All were valuable.
Nothing was least valuable in this course. When it comes to a course about a culture that is easily overlooked, like Okinawa, everything that comes up is important to process of learning.
The powerpoints weren't entirely least valuable, but I think she could revise and reorganize the content so that way the presentation of the theories won't seem soo intimidating. Also I found that having mostly all lectured classes was least valuable because this made the class really boring and not engaging. I'd rather have more discussions in class.
N/A
11. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (36%) 8 (57%)
12. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 14 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (21%) 10 (71%)
13. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 14 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 12 (86%)
14. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 14 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 10 (71%)
15. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 14 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 11 (79%)
16. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 14 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 10 (71%)
17. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 14 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 11 (79%)
18. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
The one possible suggestion I have in terms of improving the teaching of this course concerns the group discussions. There may be a better way to conduct group discussions of the readings.
the one week gap between peer-review and final draft deadline was beneficial. fewer readings with more in-depth discussion of them would have been better.
Hm, this is difficult. My immediate response is to say up the reading level. And yet, it seemed like others didn't always do the reading, despite it being a pretty light load. I thought the class was great, overall. Don't really have any other suggestions.
Coming from outside an anthro major there was a lot of ways of thinking the most of the class was already used to. There is a feeling of being on the outside if you don't have anthropology skills under the belt.
As a "guinea pig" class, I think it went well overall. I think if there can be different reading material used, as well as less reading, it might go a lot better. I also feel that because Dr. Yano uses powerpoints, it's a little difficult because her powerpoints don't give as much information as opposed to when she's talking. It's hard to take notes that way and so I think I retained and wrote down less information than I could have.
Although the amount of guest speakers was sufficient, I believe having as many speakers as possible helps to understand the meaning of the course and the importance of concepts discussed.
I think the course was fine the way it was already organized. But, perhaps give a little more visual examples or even more guest speakers? Otherwise though, the course is great.
Please include more reading discussions in class, this would really help us to not fall asleep or seem so distracted and discussions will provide variety to the class agenda and will also keep us on track so we don't procrastinate. I think it would be interesting to have a final project- like choose something about Okinawa, talk about it, and relate the topic to and in context of one of the main themed quesitons for the course.
Better Textbooks
N/A
19. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Enthusiastic, well-spoken, passionate
knowledgeable; encouraging
Dynamic, engaging, approachable, available
Clarity,commitment.
Enthusiastic Professional
Interesting. Strong grader. Knowledgeable.
honest, intelligent, creative
Energetic and dedicated
Enthusiastic, Knowledgeable, Fair.
Distinct, Passionate, Abstract
Passionate and Knowledgeable.
Enthusiastic, Engaging
Prof. Yano is extremely knowledgeable and is always smiling. She has a great passion for what she does, and the exuberance that comes from it, that makes a truly great professor.
20. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 13 (93%)
21. The TA is friendly and accessible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 13 (93%)
22. Other comments:
I would highly recommend this course to other students.
I thought this course was great! I learned a lot about Okinawa, and yet I didn't feel at all lost or at a disadvantage from not having previous experience with the area. The main focus of the class--the diaspora--was particularly valuable to me, and I think what I learned will go far beyond the class and/or Okinawa as I look towards research in the Pacific area.
Thank you Dr. Yano.
As the first class on Okinawa that I took, I feel that this class covers Okinawa very well. I wish that there could have been less powerpoints and more videos or documentaries or something that the students are eager to learn.
Great course! Would definitely love to sit in an audit one day in the future to see how the course evolves or progresses. Keep using Norman- he's deeply philosophical and highly amazing.

Christine Yano: ANTH484, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Anthropology
Course: ANTH 484 - Japanese Popular Culture Crn (Section): 85268 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
4.08 13 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 10 (77%) 2 (15%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.46 13 0.52 Freq(%) 7 (54%) 6 (46%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 11 (85%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 11 (85%)
7. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 11 (85%)
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 11 (85%)
9. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Photos, videos, going over a variety of topics.
Films.
The creative way of learning about Japan
Exchanging and evaluating paper with each other was helpful to improve my writing skills. They gave me good suggestions.
Discussing the book questions and essays in smaller groups helped improve the final to turn in to the instructor. It also forces us to make sure we don't procrastinate, which is always good.
I really enjoyed the student involvement. Allowing us to lead class discussions and think critically helped in our learning and motivation to succeed.
The lectures, which brought up a lot of different topics and connected them with theory to make a clear point, were really inspiring.
Learning about the consumer culture and commodification of Japan, the conflict between old and new practices, and the in-betweeness of genders were all interesting.
Yano was great!! Probably one of the best professors I have ever taken at UH. I learned way more then I thought I would about Japanese pop culture. I likes the movies and the lectures!!
Leaning more about Japanese culture and how the past relates to the present. Instead of focusing on specific time periods, I enjoyed that Professor Yano focused on specific topics that related to Japanese culture such as enka, cute culture, globalization, nostalgia, and general ideas of the culture such as kata.
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
none
Maybe too much lecture? I think more discussion would be interesting. . .
I really enjoyed this course, and have learned quite a bit.
I'm not sure but I don't think I related very much to the bosozoku section very much. However, I do think it would be interesting to learn more about gang culture in Japan.
sometimes the info was a little over the top maybe if I had more japanese background It might have been a little easier to take in.
11. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 11 (85%)
12. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 11 (85%)
13. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (100%)
14. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 9 (69%)
15. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 9 (69%)
16. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 11 (85%)
17. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
18. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Slightly less demanding reading could improve the course.
More time to digest final exam questions.
She's doing a good job already. Learning a lot every class
Please explain the requirements and expectations of the group class discussions of the readings more thoroughly. It was hard to know exactly what should or should not be done and every group was different.
Writing 7-page paper in one week after watching a movie was very tough for me, and I always felt that there is not enough time to polish it. She gave us the paper topic early but paper required contents from a movie. It would help to watch the movie earlier so that students will have more time to think how to tie the movie to the topic.
Increase the amount of discussion since pop culture is a relatively easy topic to talk about, and drawing parallels between Japanese culture and other cultures (or within Japanese culture itself) may be interesting in seeing how concepts relate to each other.
I'm not really sure what I would suggest. I have learned a lot, and while it has been difficult it has also been a lot of fun to be a part of this process.
A little more information on the slides online.
This class was ther best! Maybe start off just a little slower for undergraduates but I would take this class again if I had to!!
19. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Fair Amazing Inspiring
Upbeat, knowledgeable, passionate
Knowledgeable. Creative. Enthusiastic.
Thoughtful Insightful Knowledgeable
She was always in a good mood and it was nice to start a day with her smile and positive energy. She was very consistent throughout a semester and looked very professional.
charismatic, intellectual, culture-savvy
Knowledgeable and enthusiastic
Passionate, helpful, knowledgable.
Knowledgeable, Passionate, Funny
Intellegent, Fun, Outgoing...
Enthusiastic Fair
20. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.0 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 12 (92%)
21. The TA is friendly and accessible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.0 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (92%)
22. Other comments:
Maybe there should be an introduction portion about what the course is going to be about so students who are not too familiar with the material can get a head start to better understand the material.
Sometimes I felt there was a bit too much expected of the graduate students.
This was an incredibly interesting class, and made me think about certain aspects of Japanese pop culture, as well as other pop cultures, in ways I haven't thought about before. It also helped with my observation of pop culture.
It seemed we had more than a few TA's, so I'm not sure if I could really help in "grading" him/her on any scale.
I enjoyed taking Professor Yano's course and will recommend it to other students who are looking for an interesting class about Japanese culture and one that will challenge them through attending class regularly, participating in discussions, and writing comprehensive papers.

Christine Yano: ANTH720, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Anthropology
Course: ANTH 720 - Anthropology of Japan Crn (Section): 79124 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 5 (100%) 0 (0%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 4 (80%)
7. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
9. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Having collaborative activities that allowed students to actively learn from each other. The level of critical thinking skills required for this class made it very stimulating and challenging.
Dr. Yano's ability to dig into the topics to highlight the important material. This couse is quite "think" and she is able to put the complex ideas into context and into aplicable terms.
Mini lectures were very valuable.
The reading list for the course was comprehensive and gave me a much clearer picture of the trajectory of Japan as an object of anthropological inquiry.
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Reading one full book every week. Sometimes I wished that we had been given more time to read the most important readings because we need time to process the concepts so that they will stick with us. I also wish that we could have spent more time on developing our papers with more workshop-like sessions. But overall, we did learn many valuable things.
Multiple readings for a single week--meaning not everyone had read the same thing.
N/a
11. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 4 (80%)
12. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
13. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
14. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 4 (80%)
15. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
16. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
17. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 4 (80%)
18. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Maybe focus on key critical readings and spend more time on them.
Try to find ways to create more convergence among student readings. I recognize this may be impossible given the volume of literature out there.
There was a section of material on "pop culture", but nothing really on "high culture" (e.g., 'heritage'), which is my area of interest and I would argue an equally important aspect of Japan's cultural exports
19. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Enthusiastic Encouraging/Supportive Student-oriented
Impressively knowledgable
Passionate, engaged, caring.
intelligent, accommodating, eloquent
20. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
0.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
21. The TA is friendly and accessible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
0.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
22. Other comments:
I feel like I learned so much by taking this class because it challenged us to look at things more deeply and to be more analytical. Thank you for a wonderful learning experience!
Wonderful course. Truly learning the craft from a master.
Great course! This is a big reason that I came to UH for grad school and I hope that it is offered with some consistency in the future.

Christine Yano: ANTH429, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Anthropology
Course: ANTH 429 - Anth of Consumer Cultures Crn (Section): 88537 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.82 17 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (24%) 9 (53%) 3 (18%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.29 17 0.47 Freq(%) 12 (71%) 5 (29%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 17 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 16 (94%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 17 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 15 (88%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
7. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 13 (76%)
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
9. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
the lectures and the assignments, especially the unit papers. Kind of wished there was a unit 3 paper.
Lectures and peer reviews.
The lectures
Every aspect of the course is valuable!
The quality of lecture seemed to be most valuable. It's accessible but also provides in-depth knowledge of the subject.
Very strong lectures and guest speakers. Course was effective and well organized.
Class discussions
Dr. Yano is brilliant, and although the course material and everything were enlightening, nothing compares to the insight given by Dr. Yano.
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
the books and book discussions, though the concepts were only important when answering the book questions
None!
Some readings.
Some of the materials, although relevant, were a bit outdated and dry.
11. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 13 (76%)
12. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 17 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (35%) 11 (65%)
13. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 17 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 17 (100%)
14. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
15. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
16. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 13 (76%)
17. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 17 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 15 (88%)
18. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
she did a good job
Update some of the course materials to reflect the digital/technology influenced aspect of consumer cultures.
Maybe rethink some of the course materials.
19. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
energetic, enthusiastic, knowledgeable
Intelligent, Charismatic, Fun
Theoretical, complex, learned
Polished, sensible, amicable
Passionate, funny, caring
Brilliant, Enthusiastic
20. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.0 16 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (88%)
21. The TA is friendly and accessible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.0 16 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (88%)
22. Other comments:
Thank you
The University of Hawai'i is so lucky to have Professor Yano. She is a wonderful teacher. She is effective and stern while at the same time remaining fair and understanding. Professor Yano has found that perfect balance between the two, being strict but not overwhelming and considerate with out being a pushover. In addition she engages with students, she likes what she does, she is very intelligent but always open to new ideas and students input. All this honestly makes me say Professor Yano is one of my favorite professor of all time. Thanks for the great semester :)
There was no TA

Christine Yano: ANTH484, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Anthropology
Course: ANTH 484 - Japanese Popular Culture Crn (Section): 86293 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.82 11 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 8 (73%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.18 11 0.4 Freq(%) 9 (82%) 2 (18%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 11 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (55%) 5 (45%)
7. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 11 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 3 (27%) 7 (64%)
9. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The challenging essay topics were definitely valuable and challenged me intellectually. Taught me to be a think deeper. Professor Yano is also very knowledgeable and her lectures captivating. Her books are also excellent and great supplements to the course.
The readings and presentations all were well integrated and worked towards the ultimate goal of the class.
Class discussion and papers
The visual examples of the topics were the most important and valuable aspect of the course to my understanding since I didn't know what all the things were before the images and descriptions.
Using film to emphasize concepts discussed in the class.
Variety of topics covered, writing/analysis practice
Focusing on critical thinking and the depth of our thought was very valuable to my learning experience. I do not often have classes that fully tap into my cognitive faculties.
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
None
Having some of the presenters come in didn't feel very helpful.
peer review of papers were a hit or miss
N/A
The group presentations for each of the books. None of the presentations really added to what I got out of the book myself.
Sometimes class discussions, which often went on tangents/stuck on the same subject for long periods of time
11. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
12. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
13. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%)
14. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 11 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 8 (73%)
15. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
16. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
17. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%)
18. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
It's a really great course.... no need for improvement.
I really don't think any improvement is necessary in the teaching. Maybe coming back to the main idea of the course more often.
provide more historical background on the development of pop culture on how it went from 1877 times to now, and the gradual change over that time.
N/A
She speaks using very large words, some which may be anthropological jargon, so maybe simplify a little bit? :)
Include a comparison of how J-Pop music affects the Japanese psyche to compliment the enka section.
19. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Enthusiastic Engaging Brilliant
Energetic, directed, concise.
enthusiastic, knowledgeable
fun, knowledgeable, academic
Passionate and knowledgable
Kawaii, fun, knowledgeable
excitable, enthusiastic, creative
Enthusiastic Knowledgable Interesting
Intelligent and coherent.
20. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.13 11 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (64%) 1 (9%) 3 (27%)
21. The TA is friendly and accessible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.88 11 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 4 (36%) 2 (18%) 3 (27%)
22. Other comments:
Very interesting course!
Prof. Yano is one of the best professors I've had in my whole college experience at UH. She is so knowledgeable and a very captivating speaker. Sometimes I felt like I should applaud her lectures!
A very enjoyable class! Professor Yano took a very difficult field (anthropology) and narrowed it down to an understandable and manageable size. This is no mean feat and I really admire that. Also, doing peer review and having an opportunity to actually improve papers and ideas in them was a great thing and what I think is truly the intent of paper writing to begin with. Once again.. commendations all around!
Had a very fun time!
I would have been interesting if Kitty-chan had been more of a recurring theme throughout the course. Does Kitty-chan do enka...?
Excellent course! Very interesting and entertaining. I learned a lot :)