I am happy to announce the release of my new book, Japan’s March 2011 Disaster and Moral Grit: Our Inescapable In-between. Japan’s March 11, 2011 triple horror of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown is its worst catastrophe since Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Recovery remains an ongoing ordeal. This book uncovers the pivotal role of longstanding cultural worldviews and their impact on responses to this gut-wrenching disaster. Through unpacking the pivotal notion in Japanese ethics of aidagara, or “in-betweenness,” it offers testament to a deep-rooted sense of community. Accounts from survivors, victims’ families, key city officials, and volunteers reveal a remarkable fiber of moral grit and resilience that sustains Japan’s common struggle to rally and carve a future with promise and hope.
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As the George and Jane Pfaff Endowed Chair in Ethics and Moral Values at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, I teach philosophy and ethics and establish and oversee a variety of ethics programs engaging the academic and public communities. Soon after my arrival in the Albany area, Albany Medical College’s Alden March Bioethics Institute appointed me on their faculty to teach Intercultural Bioethics for the Institute’s Master degree program. I am also Adjunct Professor at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry in Albany teaching Contemporary Moral Issues. Moreover, I write a monthly ethics column for our Capital Region’s city newspaper, the Albany Times Union. My columns can be read here.
I have written extensively in the areas of ethics, intercultural ethics, healthcare and medical ethics, end-of-life issues, the doctor-patient relationship, healthcare cultural competency, Asian and Japanese studies, philosophy of the body, and technologies and communication. My most recent book is Cultural Fault Lines in Healthcare: Reflections on Cultural Competency. I am currently authoring a book that explores the interrelationship among a culture’s worldviews, perspectives of community, and response to disaster, focusing on Japan’s 3/11/11 earthquake-tsunami-nuclear meltdown calamity and Norway’s 7/22/11 summer camp massacre.