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Transgressing Gender: Interrogating “Gender” in Japan

Transgressing Gender: Interrogating “Gender” in Japan

2002 UCLA Graduate Student Symposium for Japanese Studies

Saturday, May 11, 2002
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
West Coast Room
Covel Commons, UCLA

8:30 Continental Breakfast

9:00 Opening Remarks

9:15 Panel 1: Gender and Legislation

Elizabeth Leicester (UCLA)
Gender and the Politics of Prostitution in Early Nineteenth Century Kanazawa

Michiko Takeuchi (UCLA)
The Reaffirmation of Gendered Roles through Nationalism: The Deconstruction of Japanese State-Sanctioned Prostitution for the U.S. Occupation Forces

Yutaka Tsuchiya (University of Minnesota)
The Colonial Origin of Japanese Women's Education: Kawai Michi and the Establishment of Women's Junior Colleges in Post-WWII Occupied Japan

Professor Anne Walthall, University of California, Irvine

11:30 Lunch Break

12:45 Panel 2: Gender as Performance

Lee Friederich (University of Minnesota)
In the Night Garden: Reading the Unfathomable Sign of the Lesbian in Enchi Fumiko's Onnamen

Galia Todorova Petkova (University of Minnesota)
Performing the Female Body and Sexuality on the Theatre Stage: Onnagata as an Embodiment of "Ultimate" Femininity?

Rinko Shibuya (UCLA)
Sex Exclusive Difference as the Norm: Japanese Women's Language

Professor Michael Bourdaghs, University of California, Los Angeles

3:00 Coffee Break

3:15 Panel 3: Birth Control and Gender

Karen Lee Callahan (UC Berkeley)
Men, Women, and Birth Control in Early Twentieth-Century Japan

Shana Fruehan (University of Chicago)
Resisting "Liberation" and Gaining Control: Japanese Feminists and the Pill

Professor Kathleen Uno, Temple University

5:00 Closing Remarks


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