Can’t Go Native? screening on 2/18

CJS hosted a film screening of the documentary Can’t Go Native? on Friday the 18th in the Tokioka Room. The film looks at Dr. Keith Brown’s 50 years of fieldwork in the town of Mizusawa, Japan. Dr. Brown, a Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh, attended the screening and participated in a lively question and answer session afterward. Pictured below from left to right are Dr. Robert Huey (Director of CJS), Eric Cunningham (PhD candidate, Department of Anthropology), Dr. Keith Brown, Toru Yamada (PhD candidate, Department of Anthropology), Dr. Paul Christensen (Special Projects Coordinator, CJS), Dr. Christine Yano (Professor, Department of Anthropology), Patrick Ball, (PhD student, Department of Anthropology), and Dr. Gay Satsuma (Associate Director of CJS).

Pictured below: Dr. Brown (far right) in conversation with Toru Yamada, Dr. Huey, and Eric Cunningham following the film screening.

Ehime Prefectural International Center Internship 2011

The Ehime Prefectural International Center (EPIC) internship is now accepting applications from UHM students. The internship will send two student to Ehime, Japan from May – August, 2011.  The internship includes a round trip air ticket, living stipend, and housing. Duties for the selected students include but are not limited to assisting the EPIC staff, planning and coordinating cross-cultural seminars, and participating in an English camp. Follow the links to download an informational flyer, guidelines for the 2011 program, and an application.

In memoriam

CJS is sorry to note the passing of Frances Mammana, Ph.D. student in the Department of Theater and Dance.  Frances was researching Okinawa performance, particularly kumi-udui, and had presented a CJS seminar on that topic a couple of years ago.  She was an enthusiastic supporter of Okinawan studies, and we will all miss her energy, and her warm, engaging smile.

The Celebration of Life for Frances Mammana, held on Saturday, February 5th, began with the thunder of taiko drums the first of many musical offerings that evening in memory of Frances, as seen in the photo below.

CJS Gradaute Seminar on February 11, 2011

The first CJS seminar of the spring semester will be a graduate seminar on Friday, February 11 from 3:00-4:30pm in the Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319). Alessandra Sabelli (PhD student – anthropology) will give a lecture titled “Aging with Robots in Japan: A Future with Emotional Technology.” The lecture is based on Ms. Sabelli’s fieldwork at an elderly care center that examined human robot interactions. Follow this link to download the lecture flyer with additional information.

Additionally, Dr. Keith Brown (Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh) will attend a film screening of “Can’t Go Native?,” a recent documentary that looks at his more than 50 year relationship with the residents of Mizusawa, Japan. A question and answer session with Dr. Brown will follow the film screening. Follow this link for more information.