Christopher R. Keener
- I was born and raised
Connecticut, a small coastal
community on the Southeast corner of the state.
- I presently live in the
town of Sakaki in Nagano prefecture in the mountains north west of Tokyo.
Prefecture is the site of the 1998
- Hobbies? -- Well, I'm
striving to allow myself the freedom to have some hobbies and extracurricular
interests. Owning and running my own business keeps me a bit busy! Recently,
I've become interested in body work (structural
hypnotherapy, and simply growing things that are green.
- EDUCATION & WORLDLY
inc (1992 - present)
- President and
chief bottle washer
kamo is the vehicle of my pursuits to help bridge understanding between
Japanese companies and companies from the US and elsewhere to work better
together in projects of high-tech collaboration.
I started kamo right out of grad school because I wasn't ready to become
a professorial type. I yearned to get my feathers wet with some real world
experience in the hopes that I might have something more valuable to teach
to others in later life.
of California at Berkeley (1985 - 1992)
Department of Anthropology
In grad school, I found an environment in which I could finally study
the topic which interests me the most: the relationship between technology
field work in Japan (1990 - 1991)
For my dissertation research I studied the post-war industrial boom of
the town of Sakaki, just east of Kamiyamada. In 1990, there were 400 factories
in a town of less than 20,000 (1 in 50 people is president of their own
company; who says Japan doesn't breed entrepreneurial spirit!). My dissertation
was principally an empirical study ("writing it all down"), but like other
scholars who have visited Sakaki, I pondered the reasons why this "miracle"
occurred where and when it did.
Center (1986 - 1987)
I owe the basis for my Japanese language ability to this fine program.
Each year 40 fortunate Canadian and American students get immersed in
this eight-month intensive language program. Two months out, I knew I
was getting somewhere when I started dreaming in Japanese.
University (1981 - 1985)
of Computer Science
I ended up majoring in Computer Science because it was what came most
naturally, but I picked Brown among other places because of its diversity
and orientation towards the curiosity of learning. I am grateful for the
opportunity to have studied a technology at such depth while pursuing
other interests in liberal arts.
- Japanese Language
From junior high school on, I had studied French and hated it! When I
got to Brown, where there was no language requirement, I suddenly took
an interest in languages again and chose the furthest thing from French
possible. With three years of college Japanese under my belt, I ventured
to Japan for the first time and managed to discover I still had much to
Academy (1978 - 1981)
While I was a student
at Deerfield, it was still an all-boys school; since then the school has
followed the example of so many other private schools and gone coed. I think
that single-sex educational alternatives should remain available. In my
own experience, Deerfield was not only a nurturing environment for scholastic
pursuits, but it also enjoyed an unequalled level of school spirit. I believe
these would be difficult to maintain in an coed environment because of the
natural tensions of puberty.
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