Centennial Conference: "Japan: Crossing the Boundaries Within"
March 15 and 16, 2002
This two-day colloquium will focus on the recent dramatic changes in the nature of the Japanese/non-Japanese boundaries within Japan, including what some have called “internal internationalization” (kokunai kokusaika), dealing with the growing paradox of increasing political conservatism and retrenchment vs. private open-mindedness and liberal attitudes. The emphasis will be on the existence, nature, components and permeability of these socio-cultural boundaries and their on-going modification.
All of the presenters please note almost all were trained or associated with Berkeley have carried out contemporary research on topics related to socio-cultural boundaries at the grass-roots level as seen and felt by different kinds of Japanese people and their neighbors.
The participants are multinational, with four from Japan, four faculty members, five present and four former graduate students from Berkeley. The resulting collection will be submitted for publication in both English and Japanese.
All sessions are open to the public.
Location: Gifford Room, 221 Kroeber Hall, College at Bancroft, Berkeley.
Parking under tennis courts, from 5.00 p.m. Friday.
Friday 15 March 2002.
4:00 - 6:15 p.m.
Prof. Andrew Barshay (Chair, Center for Japanese Studies, UC - Berkeley)
Prof. Nelson Graburn (UC - Berkeley) “Opening Remarks.”
Prof. Junko Habu (UC - Berkeley) “Recent Boundaries in the Past: The Definition of the Japanese, and the Boundaries between Jomon and Chulmun Cultures.”
John Ertl** (UC - Berkeley) “ Internationalization and Localization: Rethinking Identity in Japan’s “Age of Decentralization”.”
Prof. Tomoko Hamada* (William & Mary) “Internationalization in Japanese Business Ventures.”
Saturday 16th March 2002
9:30 - 11:45am
R. Kenji Tierney** (UC - Berkeley) “Outside the Sumo Ring? Foreigners and a Re-thinking of the National Sport”
Yuko Okubo** (UC - Berkeley) “"Newcomers" in Public Education: Chinese and Vietnamese Children in a Buraku Community”.
Dr. Jeffrey Hester* (Kansai Gaidai, Osaka) “The Crossing Korean/Japanese
Boundaries in a mixed community in Osaka.”
Prof. Yasuko Takezawa (Kyoto University) “Tabunka Kyosei” and Community-Rebuilding After the Kobe Earthquake.”
1:15 - 3:30pm
Prof. John Nelson* (University of San Francisco) “Traversing Religious and Legal Boundaries in Postwar Nagasaki: an Interfaith Ritual for the Spirits of the Dead”
Prof. Nelson Graburn (UC - Berkeley) “Domestic-International Tourism: Two Cases from Kyushu.”
Mitzi Uehara Carter**, Aina Hunter** (UC - Berkeley) “Race and Gender in Japan.”
Prof. Shinji Yamashita (Tokyo University) “The Exodus of Japanese Women and Brides from Asian Countries: Changing Boundaries of Contemporary Japan.”
4:00 - 6:15pm
Dr. Gaku Tsuda* (UC San Diego) “Crossing Ethnic Boundaries: Nikkeijin Return Migrants and the Ethnic Challenge of Japan¹s Newest Immigrant Minority.”
Dr. Keiko Yamanaka (UC - Berkeley) “Transnational Community Activities of Undocumented Nepalese in Japan: Agency, Resistance and Governance.”
Dr. Chen Tien-Shi (Tokyo University) “Statelessness and Boundaries in Japan.”
Prof. George DeVos (UC - Berkeley, Emeritus) Conference Discussant
*This conference is one of a series of events celebrating the Centennial of the Department of Anthropology. It is generously supported by the Center of Japanese Studies, the Department of Anthropology and the Institute of East Asian Studies.
*Awarded PhD in Anthropology at Berkeley
**Present student in Anthropology at Berkeley
Contact for further information:
Professor Nelson Graburn
Department of Anthropology Berkeley
R. Kenji Tierney
Dept. of Anthropology Berkeley
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