So Long Asleep: Waking the Ghosts of War
This documentary film chronicles the decades-long project of exhuming, memorializing, and finally repatriating the remains of forced laborers from the Korean Peninsula who died in Hokkaido building a dam and working in mines and factories in Japan during the Asia-Pacific War. The project brought students from Japan and South Korea together in an effort to excavate not only remains, but histories and in so doing create a community of awareness and mutual respect.
DAVID PLATH, emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has taught at the university for 35 years, published six books and more than 60 articles in anthropology and Japanese Studies. He has been involved in the production of three dozen documentaries about Japan and Thailand. In 2013, Prof. Plath received an award for distinguished contributions to Asian Studies from the Association for Asian Studies.
On a Path of Pursuit to Understand: Bando Mitsugoro III (1775-1831) in the Realm of Japanese Woodblock Prints
The first talk from the 2017 CJS Seminar Series is a lecture from Dr. Helen Nagata, Associate Professor of Art History at Northern Illinois University
Who was Bandō Mitsugorō III? A simple question such as this can drive an investigation that is gloriously complicated. As a case study for the theme of cognition, this project offers insight on sleuthing practices, mysteries of interpretation, and quagmires of deduction inherent to the research of subjects depicted in actor prints. Insofar as the matter of cognition is as much physical observation as psychological perception and interpretation, this lecture will strive to invite a consciousness of how both are at work in woodblock print compositions. It will also prompt audience feedback on how actor prints as a phenomenon communicate ideas about the stars or feed the star’s fandom.
Friday January 27
3:00 – 4:30 PM
Moore Hall 319
Informational Flyer Available for download here.
Congratulations to Jennifer Yoo on her recent selection as this year’s recipient of the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship. The award will allow Jennifer, a Ph.D. candidate in Asian Theatre, the opportunity to travel to Japan to conduct research. We asked Jennifer what she plans on doing with the award and here is what she had to say:
While on the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship in Japan, I will further my research in the portrayal and perception of women/female characters in select forms of Japanese media, namely theatre, cinema, and related literary works. Specifically, I intend to examine the portrayal of the female ghost, specifically the onryō, or “vengeful ghost” character type, which is prevalent both in the traditional Japanese theatre forms of Noh and Kabuki, as well as in contemporary Japanese horror films. In so doing, I hope to further establish a continuing relationship of influence between the portrayal of women in Japanese theatre and cinema and views of women in Japanese society. I am particularly interested in exploring whether or not there has been a shift in the portrayal of women between traditional times (as seen in theatre forms Noh and Kabuki) and contemporary times (as seen in Japanese films) that reflects a change in attitudes towards women in society in Japan.