CJR Lunchtime Lecture Series

Relative Risk and AIDS Literature, or Why There Isn’t (Much) AIDS Literature from Japan

CJR Lunchtime Lecture series Speaker: Christopher J Lowy March 19, 12:30-1:30 Asian studies 604 In this talk, I will consider why AIDS literature as a genre was never established in Japan and what this means for the literature that did, and does, address it. I will begin by outlining the history of AIDS in Japanese […]

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Smiling Fathers, Smiling Families: The Promotion of Hybrid Masculinities by Japanese Nonprofit Organizations Focused on Parenting

CRJ Lunchtime Lecture series Presenter: Evan Koike Location: Asian Studies, 604 Time: March 12, 12:30-1:30 Smiling Fathers, Smiling Families: The Promotion of Hybrid Masculinities by Japanese Nonprofit Organizations Focused on Parenting   Abstract: Drawing upon ethnographic fieldwork and interviews that I conducted at nonprofit organizations (NPOs) working with new fathers in the Greater Tokyo Area, […]

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Remembering the Dreams, Forgetting the War: How the Republication of Shōjo no Tomo Reconstructed Japanese Girls’ Culture

Remembering the Dreams, Forgetting the War: How the Republication of Shōjo no Tomo Reconstructed Japanese Girls’ Culture CJR Lunchtime Lecture Series Speaker: Ai Yamamoto Time: March 5, 2019, 12:30 – 1:30 pm Location: Asian Centre, 604 Shōjo no Tomo, one of the leading prewar girls’ magazines in Japan, was republished in 2009. Magazines including girls’ […]

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Promoting Positive Attitudes for Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in Higher Education in Japan

CJR Lunchtime Lecture series Presenter: Dr. Yumi Sugihara Yoshida Date and Time: Tuesday, February 26, 12:30-1:30 Location: Asian Centre, room 604 Abstract: Japanese society is changing rapidly toward having more linguistic and cultural diversity since the Japanese government is strongly promoting a system where more international workers and students stay in Japan. In order to promote […]

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A Family Maintaining Its Elevation: Household, Status, and Documentation in Early Modern Shugendō

Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Time: 12:30-1:30 PM Venue: Asian Centre, Room 604 (1871 West Mall) By: Dr. Frank Clements Part of the CJR Lunchtime Lecture Series Abstract: Shugendō is a Japanese religious tradition centered around mountain asceticism that incorporates elements of esoteric Buddhism, Daoist immortality beliefs, and the worship of local deities. Its practitioners, called yamabushi or shugenja, […]

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3,000 Leagues in Search of Cuore: Edmondo de Amicis Travels to Japan

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Time: 12:30-1:30 PM Venue: Asian Centre, Room 604 (1871 West Mall) By: Dr. Melek Ortabasi, Director, World Literature Program, Simon Fraser University Part of the CJR Lunchtime Lecture Series Abstract: Cuore (Heart, 1886), by popular travelogue author Edmondo de Amicis (1846-1908), was the first bestseller in its home country of Italy. Almost immediately recognized […]

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[Oct/23] Narrative, Performance, and “Premodern” Forms: Ishimure Michiko’s Contemporary Noh Play Okinomiya and its Costuming by Shimura Fukumi

Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 Time: 12:30 PM Venue: Asian Centre, Room 604 (1871 West Mall) By: Dr. Christina Laffin Abstract: Ishimure Michiko is often represented as a founder of Japan’s environmental movement, thanks to her efforts to represent those affected by Minamata Disease through grassroots organization, direct action, and literary works. Among Ishimure’s writings are two noh plays: […]

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[Apr/6] Brazil and Modern Japanese Literature

This talk will present a brief overview of this history, with a focus on its early decades (1908-1941), and then consider ways that this history prompts us to reconsider many of the tacit and explicit presumptions that underlie the field of modern Japanese literature.

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[Mar/28] Owning the Ocean: Alaska Fishermen and the Japanese ‘Invasion’ of Bristol Bay, 1937-1938

This talk examines the ways Alaskans interacted with and understood the salmon, the physical environment of Bristol Bay, and the conceptual nature of ocean borders, and how those perspectives entered the political and diplomatic discourse on the eve of the Second World War.

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[Mar/8] Colonizing Language: Cultural Production and Language Politics in Modern Japan and Korea

  Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018 Time:  12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Venue: Room 604, Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall, Vancouver Please join us for the book launch of Colonizing Language by Dr. Christina Yi. In this monograph, Yi investigates how linguistic nationalism and national identity intersect in the formation of modern literary canons through an examination of […]

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