Expertise: Japan, China, Anthropology, Sex and Gender, Public Health, and Medicine and Culture
Susan Orpett Long specializes in anthropology and East Asian Studies. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan and received her MA and PhD in anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She became interested in Japan when she was sent there as an AFS exchange student in high school, knowing little more than how to count to ten and say “sayonara.” The intensive experience of a year in such a historically rich culture stimulated her interest in anthropology and encouraged her to continue her study of Japanese language and society.
Dr. Long has been teaching full time at John Carroll University since 1989 and was promoted to Professor in 2000. She regularly teaches the following courses:
Introduction to East Asia; East Asian Influence on American Society
Introduction to Anthropology; Japanese Society; Popular Culture in Japan; Public Health in US Society
Sex and Gender; Medicine and Culture; Health & Healing in East Asia
She was John Carroll University’s first Coordinator of East Asian Studies, working with other faculty and administrators to develop this international program. The East Asian Studies program involves regular and special courses, student exchange, extracurricular lectures and concerts, hosting conferences and workshops, and working with schools and museums in the area to improve education about East Asia. Dr. Long served as project director of a federally funded program to increase the number of licensed Japanese language teachers in area high schools.
Dr. Long has been actively conducting research on Japanese women, family, care of the elderly, medical systems, and bioethics and end-of-life decision-making. She has published numerous articles and book chapters.
Publications and Major Research:
2005 Final Days: Japanese Culture and Choice at the End of Life. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
1999 Lives in Motion: Composing Circles of Self and Community in Japan. Ithaca, New York: Cornell East Asia Series.
1993 Silences and Voices: The Writings of Endo Shusaku. Journal of the Association of Teachers of Japanese 27(1). Long, Susan Orpett and Daniel Weisberg. eds.
1984 Biomedicine in Asia: Transformations and Variations. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry 8.
2011 Tension, Dependency, and Sacrifice in the Relationship of an Elderly Couple was published inFaces of Aging: The Lived Experiences of the Elderly in Japan by Stanford University Press.
2010 Nihon no Kōreisha Kaigo: Jikan, Henka, soshite Kaigosha no Shutaisei no Shiten kara (Time, Change, and Agency in Japanese Elder Care). In Zaitaku Kaigo ni okeru Kōreisha to Kazoku: Tōshi to Nōson Chiiki ni okeru Chōsa Bunseki kara (The Frail Elderly and their Families: A Research Study of Those Living at Home in Urban and Rural Communities). Takahashi Ryūtaro and Suda Yūko, eds. Tokyo: Minerva. Pp. 200-229. Long, Susan Orpett, Ruth Campbell, Chie Nakamura, and Hiroko Kodama.
2010 Kaigo Hoken Saabisu ni okeru Ishi no Yakuwari (Physicians’ Roles in Long Term Care Services). In Zaitaku Kaigo ni okeru Kōreisha to Kazoku: Tōshi to Nōson Chiiki ni okeru Chōsa Bunseki kara (The Frail Elderly and their Families: A Research Study of Those Living at Home in Urban and Rural Communities). Takahashi Ryūtaro and Suda Yūko, eds. Tokyo: Minerva. Pp. 77-99. Long, Susan Orpett and Michael D. Fetters.
2008xx Someone’s Old, Something’s Blue, Someone’s Borrowed, Someone’s Blue: Tales of Elder Care at the Turn of the 21st Century. In Imagined Families, Lived Families: Culture and Kinship in Contemporary Japan. Akiko Hashimoto and John Traphagan, eds. Albany: SUNY Press.
2008 xxSocial Change and Caregving of the Elderly. In The Demographic Challenge: A Handbook about Japan. Florian Coulmas, Harald Conrad, Annette Schas-Schiefert and Gabriele Vogt, eds. Pp. 201-216. Leiden: Brill.
2005 Constrained Person and Creative Agent: A Dying Student’s Narrative of Self and Others. InCompanion to the Anthropology of Japan. Jennifer Robertson, ed. Pp. 380-399. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers. Long, Susan Orpett and C. Scott Littleton.
2003 Demographic and Family Change: Problems and Solutions. In Demographic Change and the Family in Japan’s Aging Society. John W. Traphagan and John Knight, eds. Pp. 229-236. Albany: SUNY Press. Long, Susan Orpett and Noriko Iwai.
2002 Anrakushi no Hoseika (The Legalization of Euthanasia). In Nihonjin no Sugata: JGSS ni miru Ishiki to Kodo (The Japanese: Attitudes and Behaviors as seen in the Japanese General Social Survey). Noriko Iwai and Hiroki Sato, eds. Pp. 300-306. Tokyo: Yûhikaku.
2000 Introduction. In Caring for the Elderly in Japan and the US: Practices and Policies. Pp. 1-16. London: Routledge. Long, Susan Orpett and Satoshi Chihara.
2000 Difficult Choices: Policy and Meaning in Japanese Hospice Practice. In Caring for the Elderly in Japan and the US: Practices and Policies. Susan Orpett Long, ed. Pp 146-171. London: Routledge. Long, Susan Orpett and Phyllis Braudy Harris.
2000 Recognizing the Need for Gender-Responsive Family Caregiving Policy. In Caring for the Elderly in Japan and the US: Practices and Policies. Susan Orpett Long, ed. Pp. 248-272. London: Routledge.Long, Susan Orpett and Scott Clark.
1999 Introduction. In Lives in Motion: Composing Circles of Self and Community in Japan. Susan Orpett Long, ed. Pp 1-7. Ithaca, New York: Cornell East Asia Series.
1999 Shikata ga nai: Resignation, Control, and Self-Identity in Japan. In Lives in Motion: Composing Circles of Self and Community in Japan. Pp. 11-25. Ithaca, New York: Cornell East Asia Series.
1998 Becoming a Master Physician. In Learning in Likely Places. John Singleton, ed. Pp 172-189. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Long, Susan Orpett, and Phyllia Braudy Harris.
1997 Caring for the Bedridden Elderly: Ideals, Reality, and Social Change in Japan. In Aging: Asian Concepts and Experiences Past and Present. Susanne Formanek and Sepp Linhart, eds. Pp 347-368 Vienna: Osterreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften.
1996 Nurturing and Femininity: The Impact of the Ideal of Caregiving in Postwar Japan. In Re-Imaging Japanese Women. Anne Imamura, ed. Pp 156-176. Berkeley: University of California Press.
1992 The Management of Mrs. Suzuki’s Miscarriage: Communication and Social Relationships in Japan. In Case Studies in Health Communication. Eileen Berlin Ray, ed. Pp 209-222. New York: Erlbaum.
1992 Society and Its Environment. In Japan: A Country Study, 5th ed. Pp 69-128. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress.
1987 Health Care Providers: Technology, Policy, and Professional Dominance. In Health and Illness in Japan. Margaret Lock and Edward Norbeck, eds. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
1983 Intertwined Careers and Medical Practice Styles. In Work and Lifecourse in Japan. David W. Plath, ed. Pp 100-115. Albany: SUNY Press.
2010 Deepening Learning and Inspiring Rigor: Bridging Academic and Experiential Learning Using a Host Country Approach to a Study Tour. Journal of Studies in International Education 14(1):89-111.Long, Susan Orpett, Yemi Akande, Roger Purdy, and Keiko Nakano.
2009 x Daughter-in-Law and Daughter Elder Care in Japan: Is There Really a Difference? Social Science Japan Journal 12(1):1-21, appearing online as doi: 10.1093/ssjj/jyn064. Long, Susan Orpett, Ruth Campbell and Chie Nishimura.
2006 ZUnderstanding the Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Japanese Primary Care: A Qualitative Study. Puraimari Kea (Japanese Journal of Primary Care) 29(1):15-21. (Tsuruoka, Yuko, Koki Tsuruoka, Susan O. Long, and Eiji Kajii).
2004 Cultural Scripts for a Good Death in Japan and the United States: Similarities and Differences. Social Science and Medicine 58(5): 913-928.
2003 Becoming a Cucumber: Culture, Nature, and the Good Death in Japan and the United States.Journal of Japanese Studies 29(1): 33-68.
2002 Seventh Annual Fall Fellowship in Korean Studies: Program Evaluation. Korea Society Quarterly 3 (2-3): 47-48, Summer/Fall.
2002 Life is More than a Survey: Understanding Attitudes toward Euthanasia in Japan. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 23(4-5): 305-319.
2001 Negotiating the A Good Death: Japanese Ambivalence about New Ways to Die. Ethnology 40(4): 271-289.
2001 Ancestors, Computers, and Other Mixed Messages: Ambiguity and Euthanasia in Japan.Cambridge Quarterly for Healthcare Ethics 10(1): 62-71.
2000 Living Poorly or Dying Well: Decisions about Life Support and Treatment Termination for American and Japanese Patients. Journal of Clinical Ethics 11(3): 236-250.
2000 Public Passages, Personal Passages, and Reluctant Passages: Notes on Investigating Cancer Disclosure Practices in Japan. Journal of Medical Humanities 21(1): 3-13. Long, Susan Orpett, and Phyllis Braudy Harris.
2000 Gender and Elder Care: Social Change and the Role of the Caregiver in Japan. Social Science Japan Journal 3(1): 21-36.
1999 Family Surrogacy and Cancer Disclosure in Japan. Journal of Palliative Care 15(3): 31-42. Long, Susan Orpett, and Phyllis Braudy Harris.
1999 Husbands and Sons in the United States and Japan: Cultural Expectations and Caregiving Experiences. Journal of Aging Studies 13 (3): 241-267. Long, Susan Orpett, Phyllis Braudy Harris, and Miwa Fujii.
1998 Men and Elder Care in Japan: A Ripple of Change? Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology 13: 177-198.
1998 The Mirror of Japan: Aging Citizens, Aging Societies. The Gerontologist 38(3): 391-394.
1997 Risoteki na Kaigo to wa? Amerika kara mita Nihon to Rinen to Genjitsu (What is Ideal Caregiving? Japanese Ideals and Reality From an American’s Perspective). Hosupisu to Zaitaku Kea (Hospice Care and Home Care) 5(1): 37-43. Long, Susan Orpett and Jacquelyn Slomka.
1994 Cultural Values and the Use of Advance Directives. BENO (Bioethics Network of Ohio) Newsletter 3(1): 2-6. Long, Susan Orpett, Robert Bloom, and Marilynn Collins.
1993 Daughter-in-Law’s Burden: Family Caregiving and Social Change in Japan. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology 8: 97-118. Long, Susan Orpett and Phyllis Braudy Harris.
1993 Festival for a Cause: Participant Mobilization in a Japanese Social Movement. Sociological Focus 26(1): 47-63.
1993 Introduction to Silences and Voices: The Writings of Endo Shusaku. Journal of the Association of Teachers of Japanese 27(1): 57-59.
1991 Matsuri: Festivals in Contemporary Japan. Explorer 33(3):12-13, Fall.
1986 Roles, Careers and Femininity: Women Physicians and Nurses in Japan. Social Science and Medicine 22: 81-90. Long, Susan Orpett and Daniel Weisberg.
1984 The Sociocultural Context of Nursing in Japan. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry 8: 142-164.
1984 Introduction to Biomedicine in Asia: Transformations and Variations. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry 8: 117-130. Long, Susan Orpett, Richard Fuller, and Harold Roth
1983 Compliance With Disulfiram Treatment of Alcoholism. Journal of Chronic Disease 36:161-170.
1980 The Ins and Outs of Doctor-Patient Relations in Japan. American Journal of Chinese Medicine 8(1): 37-46.
1971 Translation of Akutagawa Ryunosuke’s “The Seashore.” Voices 3: 39-44, Spring.