Dr. Holthus on Parental Well-being

From left to right: Hiroki Igarashi and Mike Dziesinski (doctoral students in sociology), Prof. Pat Steinhoff (sociology), Dr. Barbara Holthus,
Prof. Mire Koikari (women’s studies), Dr. Robin O’Day (postdoctoral fellow in sociology), Shinji Kojima (doctoral student in sociology).

On Friday, October 5, Dr. Barbara Holthus reported the first findings of a comparative study of parental well-being in Japan. Dr. Holthus, Deputy Director of the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo, holds several degrees, including a Ph.D. in Sociology from UH. Dr. Holthus explained that despite a declining birthrate and changing lifestyles, married couples still represent the dominant form of families in Japan. She offered evidence of the effect of economic tensions on well-being and highlighted the gender gap in the division of household labor. Married men, on the whole, seem more satisfied than women, especially with regard to the division of household labor and childcare. A gender gap persists with regard to household labor in both actual and idealized situations. The rich data set, gathered earlier this year, is only just beginning to be explored. This seminar was co-sponsored by CJS, Sociology, and the UH Center on the Family; audience members from the three units filled the Tokioka Room and shared in the discussion.

Parental Well-being in Japan: A New Look at Gendered Families by Dr. Barbara Holthus

CJS, with help from the UH Department of Sociology and Center on the Family,  is pleased to announce the next installment of our Fall Seminar Series.  Dr. Barbara Holthus, Deputy Director of the German Institute for Japanese Studies, will address the sexual division of labor in Japan and its correlation to the satisfaction of the parents.  She will examine parental well-being in detail and draw comparisons between Japan and Germany.  Please join us.  Link to flyer.

Rakugo Brings Laughter to UH

Dr. Kimie Oshima brought Rakugo stories to amuse a large audience in Orvis Auditorium on Friday, September 14, 2012. UH Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple and Acting Consul General Kazunari Tanaka gave opening remarks. Professor of Theatre Julie Iezzi introduced the performer. Through comic tales about animals and people, Dr. Oshima taught the conventions of Japanese sit-down comedy and some of Japanese culture. She made a strong case for the universality of humor as well. Post-performance, Dr. Oshima met the UH community on the lanai outside Orvis Auditorium. Link to event flyer.

Master Calligrapher Impresses with Shodo Demonstration

Kunii Takezaki performing for the JCC. Upper right: Takezaki displaying a sample of her work.

8th level (Hachi Dan) calligraphy master Kunii Takezaki, from Okinawa, gave a spirited Shodo performance for the Japanese Culture Club on Friday, September 14, 2012. After the performance, attendees lined up to have their names transposed into beautiful calligraphy by the gracious Takezaki.

Professor Kohno Speaks

Professor Masaru Kohno of Waseda University

Professor Masaru Kohno opened the Fall seminar series with, “Japanese Politics after 3/11: Trends and Challenges.” He saw the divided politics of the Japanese Diet inhibiting political responses to the disasters of March 11, 2011.  He questioned whether defections of Diet members from the Democratic Party, rising local political parties, and growing distrust among Japanese voters might influence the next National Diet elections.