The Southern Japan Seminar 2014 Successful Turnout

The Southern Japan Seminar was held on March 7th, 2014 from 9:45 to 3:00 pm at the MARC Pavilion with a turnout of over 200 students.

The Southern Japan Seminar (SJS) promotes the research and educational activities of Japan-related scholars in the Southeastern United States. Drawing upon the strengths and needs of regional Japan studies, SJS fosters critical inquiry, multi-disciplinary discussion, and the dissemination of knowledge, concerning all Japan-related topics, both theoretical and practical.

The lectures were given by professors, associate professors and doctoral students from various universities, and were followed by a response from FIU's Asian Studies faculty and students. Topics covered during the conference included Confucian influences on Japanese societies and values, Japanese literature and culture, and Japanese philosophy.

This year's SJS event was supported by the Japan Foundation Institutional Project Support Grant.

The complete list of lectures was as follows:

On-Cho Ng, Professor of History, Penn State University, “Asian Values and the Confucian Come-back in China."

John Tucker, Professor of History, East Carolina University, "Lectures from the Dragon’s Gate: Confucianism, Capitalism, and Shibusawa Eiichi’s The Analects and the Abacus."

Kenneth Holloway, Associate Professor of History, Florida Atlantic University, "Buddhism in China and Japan: How the Vimalakirti Reflects Modern Transnational Trends."

Hitomi Yoshio, Assistant Professor in Japanese, Florida International University, "Modernizing Ichiyō, Translating Kawakami Mieko."

Yumiko Hulvey, Assoiate Professor of Japanese, University of Florida, "Translating and Interpreting Allusions in Kurahashi Yumiko’s Yume no kayoiji (Path of Dreams, 1989)."

Kunimasa Sato, doctoral student, University of Miami, "Watsuji Tetsuro’s Ethical Theory and its relationship to the concept of Fūdo."

Yukinori Onishi, doctoral student, University of Miami, "Misconception as a Form of Acceptance."

Here are some photos from the event:

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(From left to right) Dr. Yumiko Hulvey, Dr. Hitomi Yoshio, Dr. Kenneth Holloway,
Dr. John Tucker, Dr. Steven Heine, Dr. On-cho Ng, and Dr. Eric Messersmith

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SJS 2014 was held at the MARC Pavilion on FIU's MMC Campus
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Dr. Steven Heine
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Dr. John Tucker
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Dr. On-cho Ng
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Kunimasa Sato
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Dr. Hitomi Yohsio
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Dr. Yumiko Hulvey