Japanese Cinematic Activities in Manchuria

On Friday, October 24th, Dr. Hanae Kramer shared her research exploring the filmographic adventures of the Japan-operated South Manchuria Railway Company and Manchuria Motion Picture Corporation in the decades leading up to WWII.  Japanese film production in colonially occupied Manchuria was a dominant means of disseminating propaganda.  Though the films were created to satisfy largely political ends, a distinctive and not artistically insignificant style was created.  This was thanks largely to an impassioned division head who oversaw the production of a varied and prolific output.  Because these films and the circumstances of their creation have been largely lost and forgotten, lecture attendees appreciated the rare opportunity to learn about this fascinating topic.

Below left:  Dr. Kramer fields questions from the audience.  Below right:  (left to right) CJS Director Mary McDonald; Dr. Hanae Kramer; Dr. James Young, former Executive Director of KHET – Hawaii Public Television; and Dr. George Tanabe, Professor Emeritus, Religion Department, UHM.

CJS Seminar: Japan’s Visible Minorities


On Friday, November 7th at 3:00pm in Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room), Dr. ARUDOU, Debito will present a talk entitled, “Japan’s Visible Minorities: Appearance and Prejudice in Japanese Society.”  He will examine legal and social processes linking Japanese nationality with phenotype and the resulting impact on the treatment of Japan’s “Visible Minorities.”  Dr. Arudou will also suggest ways for Japan’s government to make both old and new entrants into Japan into “new Japanese.”


CJS Seminar: Japanese Cinematic Activities in Manchuria


Please join us Friday, October 24th at 3:00pm in Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room) for “Japanese Cinematic Activities in Manchuria,” by Dr. Hanae Kramer.  Dr. Kramer, Assistant Professor in the School of Communications at UHM, will speak about the underappreciated and misunderstood legacy of the South Manchuria Railway Company’s involvement in the production of Japanese films in the decades before WWII.

Crown Prince Akihito Scholars Honored

The Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation invited its UHM scholars to attend the 2014 annual meeting of The Japan America Society of Hawaii on September 25.  Four scholars in this photo are, front row (left to right), Arisa Yoshida, Sakiko Yasuda, Yukie Lloyd Sato and Sharon Fukayama.  They were joined by UHM student Ryuei Sato, front row center, and UHM Librarian Hisami Springer, CJS Faculty Lonny Carlile, and CJS Associate Director Gay Satsuma.