UOG professor publishes tanka book

Posted on Aug 27 2014

Dr. Yukiko Inoue-Smith, a professor of Educational Psychology and Research at the University of Guam School of Education, announces the release of her new book, CAT TANKA: Our Home Reflected in the Eyes of Two Cats. The book, written in a classic Japanese poetry form called tanka, is published by Union Press.



About the book
A middle-aged couple, who had planned to have cats in their “sunset” years, was charmed by an extraordinary friendly ownerless cat they happened to meet, and became foster parents of the kittens the owner-less cat gave birth to. And so two human beings and two cats have started living together (mostly) in harmony in a one-bedroom home. This sort of living situation ensures that the cats have an impact on everything the couple does. Just as the cats needed to have their foster parents, the couple needed to have the cats. The couple’s shared realization that they needed cats in their lives allows them to face the many problems these two cats create, with a sense of humor, and without losing sight of the affection the couple feels for the cats. This book written in both Japanese and English can be used as supplemental reading for English language learners.

About the author
Yukiko Inoue-Smith, Ph.D. is a professor of education at the University of Guam, where she teaches educational psychology and conducts research on lifelong learning and career development. Books in specialized fields include Cases on Blended and Online Learning Technologies and Online Education for Lifelong Learning. Just as strong as her passion for teaching and research, tanka poetry is an area that she has invested much passion and commitment. Tanka books published include: A Shawl of Mist and Was It All A Dream?. (UOG)

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