ASCJ Executive Committee
Contact the organizers: Asian
Studies Conference (ASCJ) c/o Institute of Asian Cultural
Studies, International Christian University 3-10-2 Osawa, Mitaka-shi,
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SATURDAY JUNE 21
Registration 9:15 a.m.~
All sessions will be held in the main classroom building
of the Faculty of Comparative Culture at the Ichigaya Campus
of Sophia University.
SATURDAY MORNING SESSIONS 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 NOON
Session 1: Room 201
Exploring the Rich History and Culture
of the Ogasawara (Bonin) Islands
Chair: Daniel Long, Tokyo Metropolitan University
Organizer: Robert Eldridge, Osaka University
1) Daniel Long, Tokyo Metropolitan University. "The Unknown
Linguistic Heritage of the Ogasawara (Bonin) Islands"
2) Robert Eldridge, Osaka University. "The U.S. Naval Administration
of Ogasawara Islands, 1945-1968"
3) Junko Konishi, Shizuoka University. "The Adoption of
Micronesian Song and Dance by Ogasawara Islanders"
4) Paul Cunningham, Rikkyo University. "Attitudes Towards
Ecotourism Among Lodging Owners on Chichijima, Ogasawara"
Discussant: John Maher, International Christian University
Session 2: Room 208
Taking Japanese Literature Abroad: The
Role of the Translator
Organizer / Chair: James M. Vardaman, Waseda University
1) Charles DeWolf, Keio University. "On the Role of the
Translator: Medium and Messenger"
2) Michael W. Ainge, Keio University. "Kawabata Yasunari
and Modern Japanese Literature"
3) Juliet W. Carpenter, Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts.
"On the General Impossibility of Translating (Japanese)
Discussant: James M. Vardaman, Waseda University
Session 3: Room 209
Talk Like a Man? Women's Strategies
of Self-Expression in Male-Dominated Space
Organizer / Chair: Julia Bullock, Stanford University
1) Mitsuko Tanaka, Josai International University. "Fact
and Fiction in the Image of the Poet Yamakawa Tomiko, and its
Distortion by the Male Critical Establishment"
2) Marnie Anderson, University of Michigan. "A Public Space
of Her Own? Women and Political Culture in Meiji Japan"
3) Kimiko Horiuchi, Josai International University. "The
Literature of Meiô Masako: Family Dynamics of the Intelligentsia
in the Novel Tenba kuu o yuku"
4) Julia Bullock, Stanford University. "Female Bodies and
Male Spaces: Takahashi Takako's "Hone no shiro"
and the Geography of Male Power"
Discussant: Mizuta Noriko, Josai International University
Session 4: Room 301
The Character Industry: Consuming Objects
and Images in the Global Cultural Economy
Organizer / Chair: Martin Roberts, New School University
1) Martin Roberts, New School University. "Chappie: Software
Characters and the Digital Culture Industry"
2) Jiwon Ahn, University of Southern California. "Banzai!
Toward a Textual Analysis of Non-Existent Character Texts"
3) Christine Yano, University of Hawai'i. "Worldly Kitty:
The Global Marketing and Consumption of Japanese Cute"
Discussant: Merry White, Boston University
Session 6: Room 307
Individual Paper Session: Power and
Chair: Igor Saveliev, Niigata University
1) Petrice Flowers, University of Tokyo. "International
Norms and National Identity: Understanding Japan's (Non)Compliance
with the IWC"
2) Jill Arase Margerison, University of Queensland. "Japan's
Changing Security Posture: A Quest for Legitimacy?"
3) Katsuyuki Takahashi, Waseda University. "Thai 'Communists'
and the Peace Movement"
4) Zhou Fang, University of Michigan. "The Deregulation
of the Chinese Economy: The Case of the Telecommunications Industry"
5) Yinghong Li, Obirin University. "Modernity, Femininity,
and Narrative Divergence"
SATURDAY AFTERNOON SESSIONS 1:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Session 7: Room 208
Caste and Clan in Medieval Japan
Organizer / Chair: Akiko Mieda, University of Tokyo
1) Akiko Mieda, University of Tokyo. "The Characteristics
of Outcastes (hinin) in Medieval Japan"
2) Mina Shin, University of Tokyo. "A Clan of Confucian
Scholars and their Involvement in the Daijôe Waka Festival"
3) Thomas Nelson, University of Tokyo. "The Genin
Within the Medieval Japanese Warrior Clan"
Discussant: Yu Hashimoto, Kyushu National Museum
Session 8: Room 209
Individual Paper Session: Place, Culture,
and Identity in Modern Japan
Chair: Seiko Yoshinaga, Grinnell College
1) Elaine Gerbert, University of Kansas. "Cinema in the
Works of Tanizaki Jun'ichirô"
2) Andrei Mikhailov, St. Petersburg State University. "Football
as a Socio-Cultural Phenomenon: A Case Study of S.F. Hiroshima
3) Eriko Sase, University of Tokyo. "The Rationalization
Mechanisms of Former Japanese-Korean Patients' Stays at Leprosy
Sanatoria in Japan"
Session 9: Room 307
Frontiers and Margins of Sexuality in
Postwar Japanese Fiction
Organizer / Chair: Marilyn Bolles, Montana State University-Bozeman
1) Marilyn Bolles, Montana State University-Bozeman. "The
Masculine Ideal and the 'Older Woman' in Enchi Fumiko's Yûkon"
2) Linda Flores, University of California, Los Angeles / Josai
International University. "The Ambiguous Figure of the Yamanba
in the Fiction of Ôba Minako"
3) Kazumi Nagaike, University of British Columbia / Josai International
University. "Lesbian Signifier and Signified in Matsuura
Rieko's Big Toe P's Years of Apprenticeship"
4) Mary Knighton, Osaka University. "(Re)Inscribing the
Holy Family: The 'Perpetual Girl (eien no shôjo)'
in Contemporary Women Writers' Fiction
Discussant: Fukuko Kobayashi, Waseda University
Session 10: Room 201
Making Impressions: The Social Use of
Chinese Prints in Ming-Qing China and Edo Japan
Organizer / Chair: Lisa Claypool, Lewis & Clark College
1) Suzanne Wright, University of Tennessee. "The Circulation
of Letter Paper Imagery in Seventeenth-Century China"
2) Meng-ching Ma, National Palace Museum, Taiwan. "Framing
the Text: Visuality in Late-Ming Illustrations to The Story
of the Western Wing"
3) Eri Yoshida, Mizuta Museum of Art, Josai International University.
"Ike Taiga and Chinese Prints"
4) Lisa Claypool, Lewis & Clark College. "About Face:
Physiognomic Diagrams, Painting Manuals, and Portraiture in Nineteenth-Century
Discussant: Hiromitsu Kobayashi, Sophia University
Session 11: Room 301
Foreigners in Japan: Leisure and Identity
Organizer / Chair: Gracia Liu Farrer, University of Chicago
1) Dalit Bloch-Tzemach, Hebrew University. "Temporary Dwelling
in Japan: Novelty Within Routine, Tourism Without Journey"
2) Debra J. Occhi, Miyazaki International College, and Stephen
J. Davies, Miyazaki International College. "Gaijin
Might be Locals: The Surf Scene at Kisekihama, Japan"
3) James C. Farrer, Sophia University. "Cross-cultural Social
Interactions in an Irish Pub in Tokyo"
4) Gracia L. Farrer, University of Chicago. "Romance and
Status in Chinese Dance Halls in Tokyo"
Discussant: Glenda S. Roberts, Waseda University
Session 12: Room 308
FDI in Asia: Elements of Cooperation
Organizer / Chair: Louis Augustin-Jean, Waseda University
1) Anne Androuais, University of Paris X. "Japanese FDI
and the Cooperation / Competition Process in the Asian Trans-boundaries
2) Doryane Kermel-Torrès, Institut de Recherches pour
le Développement, Bordeaux. "Foreign Direct Investment
in Thailand and Public Incentives: Spatial Organization and Enterprise
3) Francois Gipouloux, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique,
Centre Chine. "Determinants in Foreign Direct Investment's
Uneven Distribution in China: A Comparative Study of Three Macro-regions
- East, Centre and West"
4) Bertrand Maximin, University of Paris V. " Foreign Direct
Investment, Wage Inequalities, and Development in Asia"
Discussant: Akira Takahashi, University of Tokyo (Emeritus)
SATURDAY AFTERNOON SESSIONS 3:45 P.M. - 5:45 P.M
Session 13: Room 208
From Text to Context and Back: the Appropriation
and Reinterpretation of Scriptures, Doctrines, and Practices
in the Study of East Asian Religions
Organizer / Chair: Scott Hurley, Luther College
1) Scott Hurley, Luther College. "Master Yinshun's Hermeneutics,
the Tathagatagarbha, and the Doctrine of Emptiness: An Example
of the Reformulation of Buddhist Doctrine in Mid-Twentieth Century
2) Hiroshi Aoyagi, Kokushikan University. "Idolatry and
Consumerism in Protomodern Japan: An Ethnohistoric Approach"
3) Hoa Nguyen, Luther College. "Neither Scriptural nor Non-Scriptural:
the Middle Way of Dharma Transmission in Ch'an Buddhism"
4) Erin Pineda, Luther College. "Female Bodies and the 'Buddha
Way': Toward a Reinterpretation of Women in the Lotus Sutra
Discussant: Etsuko Kato, International Christian University
Session 14: Room 201
The Meanings of Things: Japanese Material
Chair: Christine Marran, University of Minnesota
Organizer: Sarah Teasley, University of Tokyo.
1) Ayu Majima, International Christian University. "Are
Japanese Ugly? The Paradoxical Discourse on Body and 'Beauty'
among Male Intellectuals in Early Twentieth Century Japan"
2) Sarah Teasley, University of Tokyo. "Furnishings, Modernity
and the Nation: The Rhetoric of Tatami in 1920s and 1930s Japanese
3) Makoto Yamaguchi, Kansai University. "The Standardization
of 'the Ear' and the Emergence of Collective Desire in Radio
4) Lee Pennington, Columbia University. "Stitches and Sutures:
Thousand-Stitch Belts, Military Medicine, and Soldiers' Bodies
in Wartime Japan"
Discussant: Christine Marran, University of Minnesota
Session 15: Room 209
"Poison Women" and Early Meiji
Organizer / Chair: Matthew C. Strecher, Toyo University
1) Marie Söderberg, Stockholm School of Economics. "A
Comparison of Japanese and Swedish Newspapers at the End of the
2) Matthew C. Strecher, Toyo University. "'Poison Woman'
Stories and Early Meiji Literary Journalism"
3) Eiko Nordlander, Stockholm University. "On the Strolling
Shamisen Player Omatsu's Adventures - Kabuki Plays and the Novel"
4) Ulla Frisk, Stockholm University. "The Female Character
in Dokufu Novels in the Early Meiji Period"
Discussant: Staffan Lindström, Stockholm University
Session 16: AV Room, First Floor
Korean Modern Art: Methodological Questions
of Cultural Identity and Translation
Organizer / Chair: Doryun Chong, University of California, Berkeley
1) Yisoon Kim, Hong-Ik University. "Situating Postwar Korean
2) Mikyung Kim, Kangnam University. "Rereading Lee Ufan
in the Contexts of Japanese Mono-ha, Korean Monotone Painting
and Experimental Art"
3) Doryun Chong, University of California, Berkeley. "Minimalism,
Modernism, and Monochromism: Korean Monotone Painting and Its
Discussant: Shigeo Chiba, Chubu University.
Session 17: Room 307
Morphing Movements: Change and Collective
Action in Japan
Organizer: Christopher Bondy, University of Hawai'i
1) Mariko Ohyama, Ryukoku University. "The Ainu Movement:
2) Akemi Nakamura, University of Hawai'i. "The Anti-fingerprinting
Movement in Japan 1980-1993: The Politicization of the Issue
and the Construction of Political Opportunities"
3) Julia Yonetani, University of New South Wales. "The Politics
of Time-Space in a Globalized 'Village'"
4) Christopher Bondy, University of Hawai'i. "In with the
Good Air, Out with the Bad: Culture: Collective Identity and
Social Movement in a Burakumin Community"
Discussant: Chikako Kashiwazaki, Keio University
Session 18: Room 301
The International Order of Asia in the
1930s and 1950s
Organizer / Chair: Tomoko Shiroyama, Hitotsubashi University
1) Tomoko Shiroyama, Hitotsubashi University. "China's Relations
with the International Financial System in the 20th Century:
Historical Analysis and Contemporary Implications"
2) Shigeru Akita, Osaka University of Foreign Studies. "British
Economic Interests and the International Order of Asia in the
3) Toru Kubo, Shinshu University. "China's Economic Development
and the International Order in Asia, 1930s-50s"
Discussant: Linsun Cheng, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
Session 19: Room 308
Poems and Characters: Nukata no Ôkimi,
Saigyô, and Abutsu-ni
Organizer / Chair: Torquil Duthie, Columbia University
1) Torquil Duthie, Columbia University. "Nukata no Ôkimi:
Poetry, Romance, and History"
2) Jack Stoneman, Columbia University. "Saigyô: Reading
the Poems, not the Poet"
3) Christina Laffin, Columbia University. "Abutsu-ni: Wise
Mother, Faithful Wife, and Heroine"
Discussant: Gaye Rowley, Waseda University
KEYNOTE ADDRESS 5:55 P.M. - 6:40 P.M.
Main Lecture Hall
Osamu Saito, Hitotsubashi University
"Contrasting Stories: Population and Forests, China and
Japan, Traditional and Modern"
RECEPTION 6:45 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
First Floor Dining Room
SUNDAY JUNE 22
BUSINESS MEETING 9:30 P.M. - 9:50 P.M.
Main Lecture Hall
SUNDAY MORNING SESSIONS 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 A.M.
Session 20: Room 208
Reconstructing Gender in the Nara Period
Organizer / Chair: Loren D. Waller, Kyoto Prefectural University
1) John R. Bentley, Northern Illinois University: "A Linguistic
View of Gender in the Nara Era"
2) Sayoko Sakakibara, University of Tokyo: "The Significance
of Female Rulers: The Emergence of Empresses in Premodern Japan"
3) Loren D. Waller, Kyoto Prefectural University. "The Military
Role of Women in the Kojiki"
4) Lori Meeks, Princeton University. "Imagining Princess
Hashihito and Empress Kômyô in Kamakura Japan"
Discussant: David Lurie, Columbia University
Session 21: Room 209
Individual Paper Session: Colonial and
Chair: Sanjay Seth, La Trobe University
1) Arnold P. Kaminsky, California State University, Long Beach.
"Political Warfare and Propaganda in India During World
2) Minkyu Kim, Hongik University. "The Transmutation of
the Modern East Asian World Order and the Sino-Japanese Amity
Regulations, 1871: The Creation of the 'Regulation System'"
3) Shinnosuke Tama, Iwate University. "What Were the Reasons
Behind the Wartime Immigration of Japanese Farmers to Manchuria?"
4) Hui-yu Caroline Ts'ai, Academia Sinica. "Total War, 'Modernity'
and the 'Sphere' as a Discourse"
5) Mariko Urano, Georgetown University. "Inventing Tradition:
Reinvention of Adat by the State and Challenging Actors
in Colonial and Modern Indonesia"
Session 22: Room 307
Women as Metaphors in the Poetic Construction
of Modern Japan
Organizer / Chair: Angela Yiu, Sophia University
1) Angela Yiu, Sophia University. "Women as Metaphors in
Tamura Toshiko's Fiction"
2) Kyoko Kurita, Pomona College. "The Role of Women in Meiji
Mirai-ki: Temporality and Romanticism"
3) Daniel O'Neill, University of California, Berkeley. "Locating
Sympathy and Romance in Sôseki's 'Shumi no iden'"
Discussant: Tomi Suzuki, Columbia University
Session 23: Room 301
Manga/ Film: Japanese Culture and History
through Mass Media.
Chair: Yulia Mikhailova, Hiroshima City University
Organizer: Lee Makela, Cleveland State University
1) Yulia Mikhailova, Hiroshima City University. "Intellectuals,
Cartoons and Traditions in Meiji Japan"
2) Karen Nakamura, Macalester College. "Asexuality and Polygenderism:
Shôjo Shônen Manga at the fin de siècle"
3) Lee Makela, Cleveland State University. "From Metropolis
to Metropolis: Initiating a Search for the Soul in the Machine
in Japanese and Western Film"
4) Deborah Shamoon, University of California, Berkeley. "Situating
the Shôjo in Shôjo Manga"
Discussant: Manabu Watanabe, Nanzan University
Session 24: Room 308
The Politics of Religion in Contemporary
Organizer / Chair: Yoshiko Ashiwa, Hitotsubashi University
1) Yoshiko Ashiwa, Hitotsubashi University. "Positioning
Religion: A Theoretical Approach to Studying Religion in Contemporary
2) Shiho Murakami, Hitotsubashi University. "Everyday Practice
of Religion: The 'Sinicization' of Christianity among Shanghai's
3) Carsten T. Vala, University of California, Berkeley. "Believing
in the Northeast: Seeking Autonomy among Chinese Christians"
4) David Wank, Sophia University. "The Politics of a Local
Religious Field: Buddhism in Xiamen"
Discussant: Rosemarie Bernard, Waseda University
Session 25: Room 201
Re-Assessing the State of Civil Society
Organizer / Chair: Rieko Kage, Harvard University
1) Daniel P. Aldrich, Harvard University / University of Tokyo.
"The Institutions that Bind: Central State Penetration of
2) Wilhem Vosse, International Christian University. "Japanese
Civil Society Revisited"
3) Rieko Kage, Harvard University. "Embracing Democracy:
The Promotion of Civic Engagement in Occupied Japan"
Discussants: Andrew Gordon, Harvard University, and Robin LeBlanc,
Washington and Lee University
SUNDAY AFTERNOON SESSIONS 1:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M
Session 26: Room 208
"Home"-bound: Three Tales
of the Diasporic Subject in East Asian Literature
Chair: Eiji Sekine, Purdue University
Organizer: Yoshiko Matsuura, Purdue University
1) Jin Feng, Grinnell College. "The Great (Surrogate) Mother
of the West: The Genealogy of Science and Patriotism in Yung
Wing's My Life in China and America
2) Catherine Ryu, Michigan State University. "The Re-Marking
of Language, Culture, and Identity in Yi Yang Ji's Yuhi"
3) Yoshiko Matsuura, Purdue University. "Dissonance in the
Hybrid Self: A Postcolonial Reading of Tachihara Masaaki's Tsurugigasaki"
Discussant: Eiji Sekine, Purdue University
Session 27: Room 209
The Stuff of Poetry: Materiality and
the Poetic in 1920s Japan
Organizer / Chair: James Dorsey, Dartmouth College
1) Yasushi Ishii, Keio University. "In Search of the Ideal
Media: the Materialities of Japanese Avant-garde Expressions"
2) James Dorsey, Dartmouth College. "Modern Materiality
and the Poetic: Kobayashi Hideo's Critical Praxis"
3) Jeffrey Johnson, Michigan Center for Japanese Studies, Hikone.
"Hagiwara Sakutarô and the Avant-garde"
Discussant: Keijiro Suga, Meiji University
Session 28: Room 301
Manga, Anime and Contemporary Japanese
Organizer / Chair: Mark MacWilliams, St. Lawrence University.
1) Mark MacWilliams, St. Lawrence University. "The Survival
of the Kami in Commercial Manga"
2) David Loy, Bunkyo University. "The Dharma of Miyazaki
3) Hiroshi Yamanaka, University of Tsukuba. "A Utopia with
a Power for Living"
Discussant: Richard Gardner, Sophia University.
Session 29: Room 307
Individual Paper Session: State, Society
and Culture in Modern China
Chair: Tom Gill, Meiji Gakuin University
Session cancelled. Two speakers will present in Session
Session 30: Room 308
On the Periphery of the Empire: The
Creation of New Racial, Cultural and Gender Identities in Modern
Organizer: Peichen Wu, University of Tsukuba
1) Peichen Wu, University of Tsukuba. "The Representation
of the Picture Bride and the Degenerate Female Student: The American-going
Boom and the Picture Marriage"
2) Robert Tierney, Stanford University. "Portrait of a Post-colonial
Intellectual: Transcending Colonial Binaries in Nakajima Atsushi's
3) Anne Sokolsky, University of California, Berkeley. "No
Place to Call Home: Negotiating the 'Third Space' for Returned
Japanese-Americans in Tamura Toshiko's 'Bubetsu' (Scorn)"
Discussant: Yukari Yoshihara, University of Tsukuba
Session 31: Room 201
Roundtable: Security Issues in Contemporary
Chair: Koichiro Matsuda, Rikkyo University
Juchan Kim, Gyeongsang National University
Gavan McCormack, International Christian University
Narushige Michishita, National Institute for Defense Studies
Yasuyo Sakata, Kanda University of International Studies
Hazel Smith, United Nations University