Japanese Studies
Gender Studies November 25, 2020

Embodied Reckonings

“Comfort Women,” Performance, and Transpacific Redress

Elizabeth Son

Hosted by Ann Choi
In a bustling city-center of Seoul, women in yellow vests protesting over the “final” resettlement between the Japanese and Korean governments every Wednesday is an iconic sight, testifying to the …

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East Asian Studies November 16, 2020

The Art of Persistence

Akamatsu Toshiko and the Visual Cultures of Transwar Japan

Charlotte Eubanks

Hosted by Victoria Lupascu
The Art of Persistence: Akamatsu Toshiko and the Visual Cultures of Transwar Japan (U Hawaii Press, 2019) examines the relations between art and politics in transwar Japan, exploring these via …
Asian Review of Books November 12, 2020

Stranger in the Shogun's City

A Japanese Woman and Her World

Amy Stanley

Hosted by Nicholas Gordon
“To mother, from Tsuneno (confidential). I’m writing with spring greetings. I went to Kanda Minagawa-chō in Edo—quite unexpectedly—and I ended up in so much trouble!” This letter, hidden in an …
Japanese Studies November 10, 2020

The Iconoclast

Shinzo Abe and the New Japan

Tobias Harris

Hosted by Steven Wills
Abe Shinzō is seen today through many lenses: as the longest-serving prime minister in the history of Japan; as a pragmatic leader with a consistent policy vision and a commitment …
Buddhist Studies November 3, 2020

Shinra Myojin and Buddhist Networks of the East Asian 'Mediterranean'

Sujung Kim

Hosted by Trevor McManis
Shinra Myojin and Buddhist Networks of the East Asian “Mediterranean” (University of Hawaii Press, 2020) is a fascinating study of the transcultural underpinnings of Medieval East Asian Buddhist traditions with …
East Asian Studies October 28, 2020

Jesus Loves Japan

Return Migration and Global Pentecostalism in a Brazilian Diaspora

Suma Ikeuchi

Hosted by Daigengna Duoer
In 1990, the Japanese government introduced the Nikkei-jin (Japanese descendant) visa and since then it has attracted more than 190,000 Nikkei Brazilian nationals to Japan. In Jesus Loves Japan: Return …
East Asian Studies October 22, 2020

Japanese War Crimes during World War II

Atrocity and the Psychology of Collective Violence

Frank Jacob

Hosted by Kelly McFall
When you mention Japanese War crimes in World War Two, you’ll often get different responses from different generations. The oldest among us will talk about the Bataan Death March. Younger …
East Asian Studies October 7, 2020

Cosmopolitan Rurality, Depopulation, and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in 21st-Century Japan

John W. Traphagan

Hosted by Nathan Hopson
John W. Traphagan’s Cosmopolitan Rurality, Depopulation, and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in 21st-Century Japan (Cambria Press, 2020) presents a series of deeply contextualized ethnographies of small-business entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurial ecosystem of …
East Asian Studies September 28, 2020

Spirits and Animism in Contemporary Japan

Fabio Rambelli

Hosted by Daigengna Duoer
In Japan, a country popularly perceived as highly secularized and technologically advanced, ontological assumptions about spirits (tama or tamashii) seem to be quite deeply ingrained in the cultural fabric. From …
East Asian Studies September 17, 2020

The Fabric of Indigeneity

Ainu Identity, Gender, and Settler Colonialism in Japan

Ann-elise Lewallen

Hosted by Daigengna Duoer
The Fabric of Indigeneity: Ainu Identity, Gender, and Settler Colonialism in Japan (University of New Mexico Press) is a recent addition to the growing scholarship on Ainu identity and settler …
Performing Arts August 25, 2020

Cultural Responses to Occupation in Japan

The Performing Body During and After the Cold War

Adam Broinowski

Hosted by Andy Boyd
In Cultural Responses to Occupation in Japan: The Performing Body During and After the Cold War (Bloomsbury 2016), Adam Broinowski analyzes the emergence of Ankoku Butoh (dance of darkness) in …
Art August 5, 2020

Yumeji Modern

Designing the Everyday in Twentieth-Century Japan

Nozomi Naoi

Hosted by Nathan Hopson
Nozomi Naoi’s Yumeji Modern: Designing the Everyday in Twentieth-Century Japan (University of Washington Press, 2020) is the first book-length English-language study of one of Japan’s iconic twentieth-century artists, Takehisa Yumeji …
East Asian Studies August 5, 2020

Black Wave

How Networks and Governance Shaped Japan’s 3/11 Disasters

Daniel P. Aldrich

Hosted by Beth Windisch
Despite the devastation caused by the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and 60-foot tsunami that struck Japan in 2011, some 96% of those living and working in the most disaster-stricken region of …
East Asian Studies July 8, 2020

Agents of World Renewal

The Rise of Yonaoshi Gods in Japan

Takashi Miura

Hosted by Roman Paşca
In this interview, we talk to Takashi Miura, assistant professor in the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Arizona, about his book Agents of World Renewal: The Rise of …
American Studies June 12, 2020

American Evangelists and Tuberculosis in Modern Japan

Elisheva A. Perelman

Hosted by Nathan Hopson
Elisheva A. Perelman's new book American Evangelists and Tuberculosis in Modern Japan (Hong Kong University Press, 2020) examines the consequences of Japan’s decision not to tackle the tuberculosis epidemic that …
Food May 29, 2020

Branding Japan’s Food

From Meibutsu to Washoku

Katarzyna J. Cwiertka

Hosted by Nathan Hopson
Katarzyna J. Cwiertka and Yasuhara Miho’s Branding Japan’s Food: From Meibutsu to Washoku (University of Hawaii Press, 2020) explores historical and contemporary practices of place branding through food in Japan …
East Asian Studies May 14, 2020

Revolution Goes East

Imperial Japan and Soviet Communism

Tatiana Linkhoeva

Hosted by Ed Pulford
A century ago it wasn’t a virus whose spread was eliciting reactions around the world, but an idea. As Russia’s 1917 October Revolution distended itself across north Asia and reverberated …
East Asian Studies May 12, 2020

Japan’s Imperial Underworlds

Intimate Encounters at the Borders of Empire

David R. Ambaras

Hosted by Nathan Hopson
Through a series of provocative case studies on mobility, transgression, and intimacy, David Ambaras’s Japan’s Imperial Underworlds: Intimate Encounters at the Borders of Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2018) interrogates the …
East Asian Studies March 30, 2020

Darwin, Dharma, and the Divine

Evolutionary Theory and Religion in Modern Japan

G. Clinton Godart

Hosted by Roman Paşca
In Darwin, Dharma, and the Divine. Evolutionary Theory and Religion in Modern Japan (University of Hawaii Press, 2017), G. Clinton Godart (Associate Professor at Tohoku University’s Department of Global Japanese …
East Asian Studies October 31, 2019

Japan's Castles

Citadels of Modernity in War and Peace

Oleg Benesch and Ran Zwigenberg

Hosted by Nathan Hopson
Oleg Benesch and Ran Zwigenberg’s coauthored Japan's Castles: Citadels of Modernity in War and Peace (Cambridge University Press, 2019) uses the fate of castles after the Meiji coup of 186 …