CJR Lunchtime Lecture Series

[Apr/6] Brazil and Modern Japanese Literature

  Time: April 6th, 12:00-2:00 pm Venue: C. K. Choi Building, Room 120 Abstract: It is not well known that Brazil is home to the largest number of persons of Japanese descent outside of Japan itself, with a population that likely exceeds that of the United States. Still less known is the fact that this population possesses […]

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

Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 Time: 12:30 -13:30 Venue: Asian Centre, Room 604   Abstract The entry by Japanese fishing vessels to Bristol Bay, Alaska, in 1937-38—what Alaska salmon fishermen invariably referred to as an “invasion”—not only fed the fishermen’s anxiety over the imperialist ambitions of the Asian nation, but forced them to confront their […]

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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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[Feb/27] Meiji at 150 Lecture Series “History and Hardship of the Japanese Immigrants to Canada”

Date: February 27, 2018 Time:  12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Venue: Room 120, C. K. Choi Building (1855 West Mall) Japanese immigration to Canada is officially recorded as beginning in 1877.  The 65 years since then and the forced expulsion of anyone of Japanese ancestry from the westcoast of British Columbia in 1942 is a time of complexity.  […]

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[Feb/7] Wartime Japan” as a Divided, Ambivalent Entity: The Eurasian Experience

  Date: February 7, 2018 Time: 12:30 – 1:30 PM Venue: Room 604, Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall By: Professor W. Puck Brecher Abstract:  Historians have called wartime Japan a racist polity and the Asia-Pacific War a “race war” saturated by “race hate.”  Narratives about racial hatred between Westerners and Japanese during the war tend to be predicated on the assumption […]

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[Jan/24] Rebellious Bodies, Unsettling Memories: Transpacific Cultural Research on Japanese Sex Workers in the Early 20th Century Canada

Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Time: 12:30 – 1:30 PM Venue: Room 604, Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall, Vancouver Abstract This lecture is based on my ongoing research on cultural memories of ameyuki-san, Japanese women who engaged in sex work in North America at the turn of the 20th century. this project examines how memories of […]

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[Jan/10] Engineering Empire: Public Works, the Environment, and Japanese Colonialism in Korea, 1894-1945

  Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Time: 12:30 – 1:30 PM Venue: Room 604, Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall, Vancouver   Abstract Through a close reading of Japanese public works projects in precolonial and colonial Korea — focusing on railway construction and street improvement projects — this talk maps the intersection of imperialism and the environment.  In the name of […]

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[Nov/22] Soul Traders: Early 17th Century Trading and Religious Controversies in Japan

Venue: Asian Centre room 604 Date: Nov. 22, 2017 Time: 12:30-13:30 Abstract: In 1603 Tokugawa Ieyasu became the Shogun and ruler of all Japan. His economic and trading policies served well to strengthen his position, however the repercussions that was felt in the trading environments of the time brought to the fore incredible paradoxes that […]

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[Nov/8] Trust and Promise: Foundations of Tokugawa Altruism and Cooperation

Abstract: Historical literature often suggests that Japanese people hold harmony and group solidarity in high regard. Tokugawa-period agreements, or what I call Bonds of Trust (tanomi shōmon), shed light on the mechanisms and guiding principles that buttress social cohesion in early modern Japan. The Bonds of Trust were written promises primarily used to elicit and […]

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[Oct/25] Individuality in Early Modern Japan: a discussion of and launch for Peter Nosco’s recent book

October 25th 2017, 12:30-13:30 @ Asian Centre 604

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