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Asian Studies Conference Japan


Saturday, June 21 - Sunday June 22, 2008
Rikkyo University

Contact the organizers:
email: ascj20xx[at]
ASCJ Secretariat: [postal address]

The Twelfth Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ 2008)

The conference was held at Rikkyo University in Tokyo on June 21-22, 2008.
The program is available online in PDF format: ASCJ 2008 program.

We thank everyone who attended the 2008 conference--well over 300 participants. The information below is kept online as a matter of record.

Sixty-two pages of abstracts--lightly edited only--are available in PDF and Word format.
Download and print just the pages you need. Use the Word file to send corrections.
Copies of the abstracts will not be distributed at the conference.

30 panel and roundtable proposals, and 86 individual paper proposals were received in total.
The final program consisted of 36 sessions. Around 140 papers were given in total.

ASCJ 2008: conference
Late changes to the printed program: cancelations.
For a list of participants, see the 2008 conference page.
Information about the conference venue and accommodation.
Information about advertisements and inserts in the program.

Information about exhibiting at the conference.
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ONLINE REGISTRATION for the conference has now ended. If you have not registered yet, you will be able to register at the conference site from 9:15 on Saturday, June 21 at the on-site rate of 
5,000 yen  (4,000 yen in the case of graduate students). A limited number of tickets to the reception will be available on the day at a cost of 3,000 yen (2,000 yen in the case of graduate students).

The conference will be held in Building No. 5 of the Ikebukuro campus of Rikkyo University.
Building No. 5 is set back from the main street, opposite the main gates of Rikkyo University.
The nearest subway exit is no. C3. Turn right after coming to street level and you will come to the campus area in about one minute. You will see Building No. 5 on your right.

Registration will begin at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, June 21. The first session begins at 10:00 a.m.
Follow the signs to Registration near the entrance to Building No. 5. All registered participants will receive a printed program and name tag. Sessions will be held on the first, second, and third floors of Building No. 5. See the program [PDF] for room numbers.

The keynote address will be given before the Reception on Saturday, June 21: 

“Chinese Conceptions of ‘Rights’:

From Mencius to Mao—and Now”

Elizabeth Perry
President of the Association for Asian Studies
Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government, Harvard University

Rikkyo University, Ikebukuro
Building 8  Room 8201
5:45 - 6:30 (precise time to be confirmed)

The following roundtables, panels, and individual papers have been accepted for the 2008 conference.
The deadline for registration was April 23. In the list below, we have removed the names of persons who have not yet registered. When we have received your registration and payment, your name will be restored to this list. If you are unable to participate in the conference, please let us know as soon as possible:
[ascj20xx [at]].

The program organized by time/session is now ready, but we are waiting to hear from a few participants who have not yet registered.

Please note that ASCJ does not have funds to provide help with travel or accommodation costs, and it cannot act as sponsor for visa applications.

To request a formal letter of invitation, please use this webform. Letters can only be sent to individuals whose names will be listed on the program. Letters can be sent either by PDF attachment or by airmail.

January 15, 2008 - By this date, all successful applicants will have received an email from the ASCJ Secretariat inviting them to participate in the conference. This will include instructions on how to resubmit  the final version of abstracts in the format required, incorporating changes as required. All panel organizers and individual applicants listed below should now have received a message. Organizers should contact members of their panel. Please get in touch with the ASCJ Secretariat if you have any questions.

February 15, 2008 - By this date, all individual participants should have confirmed their intention to participate. Organizers should confirm on behalf of all members in their roundtable or panel. 

March 15, 2008  - Online registration opens for presenters and other participants whose names are to appear on the program. The conference fee can be paid either by bank transfer or by faxing a credit card authorization form.  The fee for advance presenter registration is 4000 yen (3000 yen for graduate students). 

April 15, 2008
General registration for all others attending the conference opens on this date. The same fees are charged.

April 23, 2008
- All presenters and other participants whose names are to appear on the program must complete the online procedures for registration and payment by this date. All final versions of abstracts should be submitted by this date. These should include any changes to names, affiliations, paper titles and abstracts. If you have not submitted changes yet, please do so as soon as you can. [ascj20xx [at]].

Penalties for late presenter registration:
In order to prepare a program that is complete and accurate, we ask all presenters, chairs and discussants to observe the April 23 deadline.  If  you have NOT registered by April 23, your name and affiliation has been removed from the online program After April 23, we will accept presenter registration as follows:
April 24 through June 10: You may send a conference fee payment (together with reception fee if desired) by credit card or bank transfer. Your name will be restored in the online program when we receive your registration and payment.
From June 11 credit card and bank transfer payments will be closed. Your name will be removed from the program posted on the ASCJ website and will NOT be included in the printed program. You may pay the onsite conference fee of 5,000 yen (4,000 yen in the case of graduate students) on the day of the conference.

mid-May, 2008 - The full program and all abstracts will be available online [PDF]. This program will be updated regularly up to the date of the conference.

June 10, 2008 - All online registration closes.

June 21-22, 2008 - Conference held at Rikkyo University, Tokyo. All those attending the conference will be given a printed program. The abstracts for the conference will only be available online.


Risk in Japan
Chair/Organizer: Glenn Hook, University of Sheffield
1) Mark Caprio, Rikkyo University
2) Andrew Dewit, Rikkyo University
3) Yukiko Yamazaki, Tokyo University
4) Haruhiko Hasegawa, Doshisha University

Approaching the Paradoxical Neighbor: How China and Japan Engaged Each Other between the Two Sino-Japanese Wars (1895-1945)
Organizer: Tao De-min, Kansai University
Chair: Matsuda Koichiro, Rikkyo University
1) Lu Yan, University of New Hampshire
2) Tao De-min, Kansai University
3) Matsuda Koichiro, Rikkyo University
4) Kimura Masato, Shibusawa Ei'ichi Memorial Foundation
5) Okamoto Yoshiko, International Christian University
6) Lu Xu, Kansai University
7) Joshua A. Fogel, York University


24 panels accepted
. All organizers will be contacted by email with further instructions. For a panel to be included in the program, its organizer must confirm by February 15, 2008, that all panel members--including the discussant--will be able to participate in the conference. Any changes to panel or paper titles or to the names of participants should also be received by February 15.  Final inclusion in the program is also conditional on the successful completion of the registration for the conference. Participant registration opens on March 15 and ends on April 15. If coming to Japan for the conference in June, please check the visa requirements in good time, before you make your travel plans. Note that ASCJ does not have funds to provide help with travel or accommodation costs, and it cannot act as sponsor for visa applications.

Panels are listed in alphabetical order by the surname of the organizer. Capitalization of titles follows ASCJ practice.

Japan and Asian Great Power Politics:  The World Facing Tokyo Since 9/11
Chair/Organizer: Joel R. Campbell, Kansai Gaidai University
1) Joel R. Campbell, Kansai Gaidai University
Japan's Foreign Policy in Asia in the Shadow of 9/11:  Changing Alliances and Power Shifts
2) Garren Mulloy, Daito Bunka University
New Assertions in East Asia: The Changing Face of Japanese Nationalism
3) Yoshinori Kaseda, University of Kitakyushu
Japan’s Policy toward North Korea since 2000
4) Jeong-Pyo Hong, Miyazaki International College
Rising China and Mature Japan:  Continued Conflict or Workable Co-existence?
Discussant: Anthony C. Torbert, Kobe Gakuin University

Transnational Japan: Artifacts of Identity and Contested Spaces of Inclusion/Exclusion
Chair/Organizer: David Chapman, University of South Australia/Waseda University
1) David Chapman, University of South Australia/Waseda University
Sealing Japanese Identity
2) Soo Im Lee, Ryukoku University
The underlying Myths, Beliefs and Calculations reflected in the Naturalization Policy in Japan

3) Stephen Robert Nagy, Waseda University
Examining the Role of Local Governments in Social Integration: A Comparative Examination of Social Integration Practices at the  Local Government Level in Japan
4) David Blake Willis, Soai University
Dejima: Legacies of Exclusion and Control
Discussant: Glenda Roberts, Waseda University

Shōjoron Revisited
Chair/Organizer: Hiromi Dollase, Vassar College
1) Tomoko Aoyama, University of Queensland
The Reading Girl in Kanai Mieko's Fiction and Criticism
2) Kazumi Nagaike, Oita National University
"The Daughter's Seduction" Revisited: The Seductive Shōjo Figure, Its Fatale Qualities and the Androgynous Threat
3) Hiromi Dollase, Vassar College
Shōjoron: the Girl with Silver Hair
4) Makiko Mori, University of California, Los Angeles
Female Homo-Sociality and Sentimentalism: Re-Visiting May Fourth Women's Writing
Discussant: Satoko Kan, Ochanomizu University

Utopia and Dystopia in Modern Japanese Literature: Doppo, Sōseki, Satō Haruo
Organizer: Dennitza Gabrakova, University of Tokyo/Hosei University
Chair: Angela Yiu, Sophia University
1) Dennitza Gabrakova, University of Tokyo/Hosei University
Recapturing Musashino and the Commonplaceness of Longing
2) Anna-Marie Farrier, Princeton University
Off With His Head: Kusamakura as Utopian Text
3) Pau Pitarch Fernandez, University of Tokyo
Art as Utopian Space in the Early Criticism of Satō Haruo
4) Angela Yiu, Sophia University
Satō Haruo's Dystopian Science Fiction
Discussant: Mitsuyoshi Numano, University of Tokyo

Religious Appropriation of Western Technology in Nineteenth Century Japan
Chair/Organizer: Wilburn Hansen, San Diego State University
1) Wilburn Hansen, San Diego State University
The True Source of Western Science: The Japanese Supernatural?
2) Jason Josephson, Williams College
The Science of the Gods and the Gods of Science
3) Michael Wachutka, University of Tübingen
Tangible Enlightenment: Technical Innovation and Religious Interpretation in Meiji Japan
Discussant: D. Max Moerman, Barnard University

Globalization, Enculturalization and Music Education
Chair/Organizer: Wai-Chung Ho, Hong Kong Baptist University
1) Yuri Ishii, Yamaguchi University
Musical Identity in School Education in Asia: Between universal musical language and local identity
2) Chris Mau, University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies
Foreigners and Japanese Learning Traditional Japanese Music
3) Wing-Wah Law, University of Hong Kong
Sociopolitical Change, Global Culture and Music Education in Hong Kong
4) Wai-Chung Ho, Hong Kong Baptist University
Dynamics and Dilemmas of Introducing Popular Culture into Music Education in Mainland China
Discussant: Mari Shiobara, Tokyo Gakugei University

Rethinking Bilateral Relations in the Asia-Pacific Region under the US Imperium
Chair/Organizer: William Bradley Horton, Takushoku University
1) Kimiko Shibata, Keio University
The American Image in South Korea: U.S.-South Korea Security Relations
2) Shingo Yoshida, Keio University/JSPS Research Fellow
Fear of Abandonment, Strategies for Entrapment: Institutionalization of the Japan-U.S. Alliance in the Détente Era
3) Yusuke Takagi, Keio University/JSPS Research Fellow
A Security Alliance Without Threats? A Case Study of the Philippine-US Alliance Management
4) William Bradley Horton, Takushoku University
The Ghosts of Timor: Australian Security Relations with its Asian Neighbors
Discussant: Narushige Michishita, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

Landscape and Memory in Asia
Chair/Organizer: Chris Hudson, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University
1) Jeff Lewis, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Melbourne, Australia
Bali, Indonesia: Remembering Terror
2) Chris Hudson, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University
Kanchanaburi, Thailand: Asia's Present and Australia's Past
3) Sueanne Ware, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University
Mapping Monuments in Malaysia
Discussant: Vera  Mackie, University of Melbourne

Re-interpreting Community and Tradition in Local and Regional Revitalization Projects
Chair/Organizer: Susanne Klien, Waseda University
1) Izumi Kuroishi,  Aoyama Gakuin University
Trading Spirit and Knowledge in Carpentry Technology: Reinventing Mechanisms in the rural Japanese Cultural Society of Kesen-Daiku
2) Yoko Nagao, Wako University
Emerging conventions of Networking Management in Yatsuomachi
3) Susanne Klien, Waseda University
Re-appropriating "tradition" in Tōkamachi: "Chinkoro" as Symbol of new Community Identity?
Discussants: Tom Gill, Meiji Gakuin University
                    Voltaire Garces Cang, Rikkyo University

Modernity on the Margins: Outsiders Reconceptualizing the Modern
Chair: Christina Ghanbarpour, University of California, Irvine
Organizer: Mayumi Manabe, University of California, Irvine
1) Mayumi Manabe, University of California, Irvine
Grotesque Utopia: Rebellious Consumption in Kawabata Yasunari's Scarlet Gang of Asakusa
2) Rebecca Nickerson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Empire's New Clothes: Gender, Bodies, and Women's Fashion in Imperial Japan
3) Christina Ghanbarpour, University of California, Irvine
'A Day in Our Lives': Rural Women's Everyday Lives in the Context of the Early Postwar Discourse on Modernity
4) Kendall Heitzman, Yale University
Yasuoka Shōtarō and the Nashville Struggles, 1960-1961
Discussant: Janet Shibamoto-Smith, University of California, Davis

Art and War in Asia in the 20th Century
Chair/Organizer: Aya Louisa McDonald, University of Nevada
1) Mayu Tsuruya, Denison University
Socialist Realism in Public Art for the Empire
2) Asato Ikeda, Carleton University
Fujita Tsuguharu: Militarist Or Pacifist? A War Painter and His Changing Persona
3) Bert Winther-Tamaki, University of California, Irvine
Wartime Self-portraits: Painting Society for the New Man (Shinjin Gakai), 1943-1944
4) Ayelet Zohar, Stanford University
The Art of Camouflage: The Jungle Years of Onoda Hirō & Yokoi Shoichi and Mamoru Tsukada's Identical Twins Photographic Series (2003)
Discussant: Phil Hausknecht, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Tokyo
                     Aya Louisa McDonald, University of Nevada

Individuals in Policy Making: Japan and Russia in the End of the 19th and the Beginning of the 20th Century
Chair/Organizer: Yulia Mikhailova, Hiroshima City University
1) James Baxter, International Center for Japanese Studies
Informal Diplomacy in Meiji Japan: The Visits of General Grant and Crown Prince Nicholas Alexandrovich
2) Petr Podalko, Aoyama Gakuin University
General V. K. Samoyloff:  Military Man Working for Peace (from the History of Russian Diplomacy of the 20th Century)
3) Yulia Mikhailova, Hiroshima City University
Dmitrii Pozdneev and the History of Russo-Japanese Relations
Discussant: Evgeny Kovrigin, Seinan Gakuin University

The Construction of Universal Religions in Meiji Japan before 1893
Chair/Organizer: Michel Mohr, University of Hawaii
1) Seiji Hoshino, Kokugakuin University
How a Buddhist Became a Unitarian: Nakanishi Ushio and His Interpretation of Unitarianism
2) Tomoe Moriya, Hannan University
The Western "Other" and Its Role in the Reformation of Japanese Buddhism
3) Seiji Hoshino, University of Tokyo 
Disenchanted: Nakanishi Ushio's Turn Against Unitarianism
4) Michel Mohr, University of Hawaii
Between Good Intentions and Hypocrisy: Use and Abuse of Claims of Universality in Early Meiji
Discussant: Helen Ballhatchet, Keio University

Speaking of Disasters: Comets and Earthquakes in the Political Vocabulary of Medieval and Early Modern Japan
Organizer: Laura Nenzi, Florida International University
Chair: Gregory Smits, Pennsylvania State University
1) Kristina Buhrman, University of Southern California
Defining Astrological Omens: Precedent, Context, and Response in the Late Heian and Kamakura Periods
2) Gregory Smits, Pennsylvania State University
Interpreting Disaster in Bakumatsu Society: Readings of the 1855 Ansei Edo Earthquake
3) Laura Nenzi, Florida International University
Turmoil Above, Turmoil Below: The 1858 Comet and Late Tokugawa Japan
Discussant: Sergey Tolstoguzov, Osaka University of Economics and Law

Local History Reconstructed: With the Case Studies of Japanese History
Chair/Organizer: Hiroshi Onitsuka, Iida City Institute of Historical Research
1) Masanari Shinohara, International Christian University
Tanaka Kyugu: Local Discourse as the Basis for a Global World View
2) Masahiko Sakaguchi, Kokugakuin University
Farmers during the Japanese High Economic Growth Period: A Case Study on Iida-Shimoina Area, Nagano
3) Yu Kishi, International Christian University
Act Globally, even though the Locality is Sacrificed: the Study of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
4) Toru Hosoya, Yokohama National University
The Peasant Emigration to Manchuria from a Japanese Periphery and Its Familial Problems in the 1930s
Discussant: Hiroshi Onitsuka, Iida City Institute of Historical Research

Technologies of Alterity and the Production of Cultural Bodies in Contemporary Japan
Chair/Organizer: Baryon Tensor Posadas, University of Toronto/Hokkaido University
1) Baryon Tensor Posadas, University of Toronto/Hokkaido University
Dead Bodies: Serial Killers, Specters, Spectators in Kurosawa Kiyoshi
2) Sara Osenton, University of Toronto
Cyborgs and the Embodiment of Technology: Rethinking the Cyborg Body in Japanese Art
3) Yoshiji Awatani, Kansai University
Images of Techno(logy) Culture in Japan: Representation of techno Orientalism, Digital Media and Pop Culture
Discussant: Toshiya Ueno, Wako University

Modernization and Internationalization in Bakumatsu/Meiji Japan: Literary and Historical Perspectives on the Individuals involved in the Transformation of a Nation
Chair/Organizer: Eleanor Robinson, Kyoto University
1) Andrew Elliott, Kyoto University
The Open Question and the Opening of Japan: Hospitality and "Narrative of [the Perry] Expedition"
3) Tad Wellman, University of Hawai'i
2) Eleanor Robinson, Kyoto University
Nakai Hiromu: Forgotten Meiji Statesman and Hero of Anglo-Japanese Relations
Discourses of Modernization in "The Story of the She-Devil Takashi Oden": A Theory of Early Meiji Narrative
4) Kelly Hansen, University of Hawai'i
Misplaced Notions of Realism: Futabatei Shimei on the International Stage
Discussant: Mamiko Ito, Gakushuin University

Material Mediations of the Volatile Body: The Frame and Texture of Corporeality in Contemporary Japanese Visual/Textual Arts
Organizer/Chair: Atsuko Sakaki, University of Toronto
1) Amanda Seaman, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Debbie Does Diapers: Pregnancy Manga in Low-Fertility Japan
2) Cinzia Coden, Yokohama National University
Physiological Performance of Femininity as Social Critique in Kara Juro's Plays and Theories of Theatre
3) Atsuko Sakaki, University of Toronto
Photography as Corporeal Reproduction: Switching Pregnancy for Photography in Kanai Mieko's Tama ya
4) Tomoko Shimizu, University of Tsukuba
Artificial Beauty and/or the Reflexive Body: The Post-Cultural Politics in Contemporary Japan
Discussant: Sharalyn Orbaugh, University of British Columbia

Japanese Wartime Geopolitics
Chair/Organizer: Christian Wilhelm Spang, Dokkyo University
1) Akihiko Takagi, Kyushu University
Japanese Geographers' Commitment to Geopolitics during Wartime
2) Shigeru Kobayashi, Osaka University
The Relation between the Military and Geographers in Japan during World War II
3) Youichi Shibata, Kyoto University
Thoughts and Practice of the Kyoto School of Japanese Geopolitics
4)  Christian Wilhelm Spang, Dokkyo University
The Reception of Karl Haushofer's (1869-1946) Ideas within Japanese Geopolitics
Discussant: Sven Saaler, The University of Tokyo

Reconsidering Ethnographic Methodologies for Social Science Research on Contemporary Japanese Culture
Chair/Organizer: Alwyn Spies, University of British Columbia-Okanagan
1) Nana Okura, Yale University
Ethnographically "Thick" or "Thin"? The Limits and Challenges of Participant Observation in Tokyo Hostess Clubs
2) Renato Rivera, Kyoto University
Challenges and Obstacles in the Production of the Documentary Notes from Abroad
3) Alwyn Spies, University of British Columbia-Okanagan
Cross-cultural Responses to Winter Sonata: Audience Studies Reconsidered
Discussant: Kimio Ito, Kyoto UniversityKimio Ito

Shōjo Gensō: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Contemporary Japanese Girls' Culture
Chair/Organizer: Akiko Sugawa-Shimada, Aoyama Gakuin University
1) Makiko Yamanashi, University of Edinburgh
The Apotheosis of 'Kitsch' and 'Maidenesque' in Japanese Girls' Culture: A Critical Inquiry into the Ephemeral Fantasy of Otome
2) Kotaro Nakagaki, Daito Bunka University
Imaginary Ideal Girls, Ordinary Girls, or, Odd Girls: Refashioning Shojo Images in Japanese Films and Visual Culture
3) Akiko Sugawa-Shimada, Aoyama Gakuin University
Cuteness, Grotesque and the Sublime: Maidenesque Goth-Loli in Japanese Contemporary Animated Works
4) Gitte Marianne Hansen, University of Copenhagen
Balancing Femininity: Eating Disorders, Self-harm, and Female Subjectivity in Japanese Cultural Expressions
Discussant: Deborah Shamoon, University of Notre Dame

Inclusion and Exclusion of Immigrants in Japan: A Case of Japanese Brazilian Migrants in Japan
Chair/Organizer: Hirohisa Takenoshita, Shizuoka University
1) Shigehiro Ikegami, Shizuoka University of Art and Culture
Latin-American Foreign Residents in Hamamatsu City and
Their Proficiency in Japanese Language as a Key to Social Integration

2) Yoshimi Chitose,  National Institute of Population and Social Security Research
Health Insurance Coverage and Foreign Residents in Hamamatsu City
3) Eunice Akemi Ishikawa, Shizuoka University of Art and Culture
Japanese-Brazilian Children's Education and Their Identity: A Case Study in Hamamatsu City
4) Hirohisa Takenoshita, Shizuoka University
Ethnic Solidarity and Social Support among Japanese Brazilian Migrants: Social Network and Their Psychological Distress
Discussant: Chikako Kashiwazaki, Keio University

Magic, Mythical and Mundane in The Extensive Records of the Taiping Period
Organizer/Chair: Xiaohuan Zhao, the University of Otago
1) Xiaohuan Zhao, the University of Otago
Compilation, Classification and Conception of Xiaoshuo in The Extensive Records of the Taiping Period
2) Grace Yin Ping Lau, Lingnan University
Salvation Stories in the "Female Immortals" Section of The Extensive Records of the Taiping Period
3) Yu-chen Li, National Tsing Hua University
Reading, Revising and Rewriting the Taiping Guangji in Ming China: A Case Study of the Taiping Guangji Chao by Feng Menglong (1574–1646)
Discussant: Hidemi Tokura, the University of Tokyo

60 proposals accepted from a total of 87 applications.
Proposals listed in alphabetical order of surname.

Hideko Abe, Colby College
It is better to be riba (reversible): Navigating Lesbian and Gay Life in Advice Columns in Commercial Magazines

Hemant Adlakha, Jawaharlal Nehru University
The Peasant Question and Emerging Fragmented (Not Harmonious) Society in 21st Century China: Notes from a Recent Field Trip to the Wenzhou Region

Avital Baikovich, Sophia University
Transformation and Change in Japan's Business Corporations

Michael Burtscher, the University of Tokyo
Nakae Chomin and Schopenhauer

Kar Yue Chan, The Open University of Hong Kong
Imitated Feminine Voices in Tang and Song Dynasty Chinese Poetry

Eddy Chang, Hitotsubashi University
Wadaiko: the Roots and Sociocultural Role of Japanese Drumming Today

Mei-ling Chien, National Chiao Tung University
Inventing Consanguinity: The Politics of Authorship in Chinese Genealogies in East Guizhou

Sze Hang Choi, Lingnan University
Boy Scouts and the Construction of New Citizenship in KMT China (1924-1937)

Fiona Creaser, Tama University
The Merits and Limitations of Sexual Harassment Prevention Policies at Japanese Universities

Frank Dhont, Yale University
History and Identity: Merdeka for Japan and Indonesia

Kate Dunlop, Sophia University
Local Politics? The Reformist Challenge to the "Nationality Clause"

Joan Ericson, Colorado College
Ogawa Mimei and Proletarian Children's Literature

Matthew Fraleigh, Brandeis University
Through Space and Time: Narushima Ryuhoku's Travels in Japan

Galia Todorova Gabrovska, SOAS, University of London
Making Men "Women"? Female Versions of Popular Male Characters in the Japanese Kabuki Theatre

Bart Gaens, University of Helsinki Network for European Studies
The European Union's Asia Policy and the Construction of Regional Identities in the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)

Elaine Gerbert, University of Kansas
Crime and Mechanized Vision in the Illegible City: Literary Treatments of Tokyo in the l920s

Ying-Ling Huang, University of St. Andrews
The Influence of Japanese Connoisseurship on the Reception of Chinese Painting in early 20th century Britain

Yoko Isse, Osaka University
Postwar debates on Japan's Ancient History and Anti-Emperor Movement for a Classless Society using Tsuda Sokichi's Theory as a Symbol

Inhye Kang, McGill University
Panoramas and World Fairs: the Staging of the Japanese Empire at International Fairs

Yuniya Kawamura, Fashion Institute of Technology/State University of New York
Structural Vulnerability of Fashion Systems in Asia

Olga Khomenko, Waseda University
From "Good Housewife/Wise Mother" to "Fashionable House-Queen": Changing Images in Home Appliance Advertisements and the Process of Mass-Consumption in Japan (1930s–90s) 

Gyewon Kim, McGill University/University of Tokyo
Empire as Panorama: Imperial Tourism and Print Culture in Wartime Japan

Hoi-eun Kim, Texas A&M University
Cure for Empire: "Seirogan" and a Cultural History of Pharmaceutical Medicine in Modern Japan, 1905-1945

Marie Seong-Hak Kim, St. Cloud State University
Judicial Independence in a Colonial Context: The Evolution of Japan's Legal Policy in Colonial Korea

Min Ah Kim, Microsoft Korea
Community Services in Japan and Korea: Personal Assistant Services and Independent Living for Persons with Disabilities

Myeong-seok Kim, University of Michigan
Is There No Distinction Between Reason and Emotion in Mencius?

Sun Ju Kim, The Academy of Korean Studies 
Stage Actors on the Road: Reconsidering War Years, Propaganda, and the Popularization of Theatre in Colonial Korea 

Jaok Kwon, Hitotsubashi University
Feminists' struggle in Korean rural communities in the 1970s: From the perspective of "The Korean Catholic Rural Women's Movement"

Seok-Won Lee, Cornell University
Rationalizing Space: Ezawa Joji's Geopolitics and the Search for an East Asian Community in Wartime Japan

Seung Hyok Lee, University of Toronto
Japan's Foreign Policy Change Concerning North Korea's Missile Launch Near Sea of Japan in 1998 and 2006: An Analysis Beyond the Prism of International Relation Theories

Micheline Lessard
, University of Ottawa 
“This Most Lucrative Commerce”: The Kidnapping and Sale of Women and Children from Viet Nam to China, 1875–1935

Jan Leuchtenberger, University of Puget Sound
"Dei, Dei Paraiso": Tracking the Kirishitan Villain in Early-Modern Joruri and Kabuki

Jiefen Li, University of Otago
Private Entrepreneurs in the Emerging Civil Society in China

Fan Lin, McGill University
Cloud-Vapour (Yunqi) in Early Chinese Imagery

Shu Yun Ma, Chinese University of Hong Kong
China's Privatization: From Gradualism to Shock Therapy?

Naomi Matsuoka, Nihon University
Dialogic Structure in Haruki Murakami's "Double" Novels

Diana Mendoza, Ateneo de Manila University
The Women's Movement, Congress and the Anti-Violence Against Women Law in the Philippines

Mari Nagase, Kenyon College
In Search of Authenticity: Discussion of Chinese Prosody during the Edo Period

Hironori Onuki, York University
The Global Political Economy of Labour Migrations: Migrant Workers as Political Subjects and the Myth of Homogeneity in Japan

Pana Barova Ozcan, International Christian University 
The Function of the
Utamakura in the Opening Part of the Sarashina nikki

Ramon Pacheco Pardo, London School of Economics & Political Science
The European Union's Policy Towards China and Japan: Economic Power, Political Irrelevance

Daniel Sastre de la Vega, Sophia University
Whose Sleeves? Whose Gaze? Cultural Identities and Tagasode Screens

Rui Shen, United States Naval Academy
Writing as Testimony: Chinese Women's Autobiographies Published in the West

Jae Min Shim, Korea University
Convergent and Divergent Characteristics of East Asian Welfare States: Japan and South Korea

Patrick Shorb, University of Minnesota, Morris
Ruling Through "Eyes" and Not "Hands": Urban Poverty, Urban Shopkeepers, and the Japanese State, 1918-1943

Jonathan Stockdale, University of Puget Sound
Sutoku, Saigyō, and the Margins of Japanese Religion

Heejung Suh, The University of Dankook
The Activistic Features of Korean Women's Independent Film Groups: Woman, Labor, Film

Xiaojing Sun, University of California, Berkeley
Daqu ("Big Suite") and Medieval Court Performance

Ayumi Takenaka, Bryn Mawr College
Re-Migration of Immigrants and Its Consequences for Japan

Yoko Terasaki, Hitotsubashi University
Implantation of the National Park System in Southeast Asia

Risa Tokunaga, The Australian National University
Rohingya Refugees: Onward Forced Migration of Burmese Muslims

Svetlana Vassiliouk, Temple University
Karafuto-jin and Contemporary Japanese-Soviet/Russian Relations

Garrett Washington, Keio University/Purdue University
Reconciling Faith and Country: Tokyo Protestant Pastors' Discourse on Christianity and the Japanese Nation, 1890–1910

Kwok-Yiu Wong, Susquehanna University
Stretching the Boundary: On the Changing Self-Image of Merchants and the Resilience of the Simin Paradigm in Late Imperial China

Karl Wu, The University of British Columbia
In the Name of a Nation: Kobayashi Yoshinori's Nationalist Writing and the Name-Rectification Movement in Taiwan

Naoko Yatani, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Irony of Empowerment: Gender, Subsistence and Biodiversity in Semi-Arid India

ASCJ Secretariat
Asian Studies Conference Japan
c/o Faculty of International Studies
Meiji Gakuin University