Virtually visiting Japan

Virtual reality

Walking through his hometown of Tokyo, you might see some of Kazumi Hatasa’s old haunts. A restaurant with carefully crafted dishes, welcoming neighborhoods he explored with friends, the beautiful nature he enjoyed. But then you slip off your headset and remember that you never left West Lafayette. For Hatasa, chair of East Asian languages and […]

From childhood interest to academic pursuit


Pedro Bassoe’s interest in languages and cultures dates back to childhood. For one thing, his mother is originally from Rio de Janeiro, so Bassoe and his family made frequent trips to Brazil to visit his grandmother and cousins. “Everybody would speak to me in Portuguese, so I was always interested in what other languages and […]