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Robert Norris

Fukuoka, Japan


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I was born and raised in Humboldt County, California, where I played basketball in high school and junior college. In 1969 I entered the Air Force, subsequently became a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War, and served time in a military prison for refusing to fight in the war. In my twenties I roamed across the United States, went to Europe twice, and made one journey around the world. During that time, I worked as a millhand, construction laborer, stevedore, mailman, baker, saute cook, and oil rig steward.

I've lived and taught English in Japan since 1983. I have an M.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Newport University in Newport Beach, California. I'm the author of "Toraware," a psychological drama about the obsessive relationship of three misfits from different cultural backgrounds in 1980s Kobe, Japan; "Looking for the Summer," an antiwar novel about a Vietnam War conscientious objector's adventures and search for identity on the road from Paris to Calcutta in 1977; and "The Many Roads to Japan," a novella-textbook for ESL/EFL (English as a Second or Foreign Language) students. I've also written several articles on teaching English as a foreign language. My wife and I live near Fukuoka, Japan, where I'm a professor and the dean of students at Fukuoka International University. Check my home page for more information and chapter excerpts. You can also read my articles on teaching.

Interests: Sports, literature, foreign language study, travel, cooking

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No


Published works:


  • Toraware
  • Looking for the Summer
  • The Many Roads to Japan