Southern Japan Seminar

Event information
Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, MARC Pavilion

The annual Southern Japan Seminar (SJS) promotes the research and educational activities of Japan-related scholars in the Southeastern United States. This year’s event will be held in Florida International University’s MMC Campus at the MARC Pavilion on Saturday, March 5, 2010. FIU is proud to have hosted several recent SJS conferences. 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 membership is composed primarily of university faculty, with a few journalists, businesspersons, and other professionals with strong Japan-related interests. Members represent the fields of Japanese art, business management, education, history, language, literature, philosophy, politics, religion, sociology, and other disciplines.

  • 9:00 Arrival
  • 9:15 - 9:30 Welcoming Remarks
    • Steven Heine, Director of Asian Studies at Florida International University
  • 9:30 - 11:45 Morning Panel
    • Ayumi Takenaka (Bryn Mawr College): “Foreign Migrants' Mobility Strategies in Japan"
    • Kumiko Nemoto (Western Kentucky University): “Gender Inequality in the Labor Market”
    • Mary Brinton (Harvard University): “Lost in Transition: Young Japanese Men's Winding Path through the Labor Market"
    • Respondents: Matthew Marr, Florida International University and Asian Studies Graduate Student (Sheila Sutton)
  • 11:45 - 12:45 Lunch - Invited Guests Only
  • 12:45 - 4:30 Afternoon Session - Individual Presentations with Discussion
  • 12-45 - 1:45 Kinko Ito (University of Arkansas at Little Rock): "Osamu Tezuka: His Life and Works in the History of Japanese Manga"
    • Respondents: Kumiko Nemoto and Asian Studies Graduate Student (Ashley Torres)
  • 1:45 - 2: 45 Masaki Mori (University of Georgia): “The Psychological Dimension of Murakami's 'Second Bakery Attack'”
    • Respondent: Steven Heine and Asian Studies Graduate Student (Jennifer Garcia)
  • 2:45 - 3:00 Break
  • 3:00 - 4:30 Stanley Dubinsky (University of South Carolina) and William Davies (University of Iowa): “'Japanese First': Language rights and the linguistic status of ethnic minorities in Japan"
    • Respondent: Naoko Komura, Florida International University and Asian Studies Graduate Student (Ian Verhine)

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Date: March 5, 2011
Time: 9:30am-4:30pm
Where: Florida International University
11200 S.W. 8 St. Miami, FL 33016 – MARC Pavilion
Details: (305)348-1914