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Foreign Presence in Japan

Sixth Annual Graduate Student Symposium for Japanese Studies, May 1, 1999.

Established interpretations of the history of foreigners and foreign presence in Japan have come under considerable debate. Who were these foreigners? Why did they come to Japan? How did foreign presence in Japan influence Japanese ideas of the world outside? How did the foreign presence affect Japanese identities? Did foreigners and the foreign presence influence Japanese art, thought, science and culture?

Panels Participants
Opening Remarks
  • Professor Notehelfer, Director of the Center for Japanese Studies, UCLA
  • Yoko Shirai, Art History Department, UCLA
Panel One
Text: Literature, Narrative, and History
  • Alex Bay, University of Oregon
    "Ulcer Sucking and Fatal Terrain: Chinese Military Thought within Heian Warrior Discourse"
  • Shu Kuge, Stanford University
    "Becoming 'Foreigners': Toward Dissolution of Racism"
  • Serk-Bae Suh, UCLA
    "Emergence of 'Hybrid' Literature"
  • Jeff Hester, UC Berkeley
    "When Foreigners Are Native Speakers: Reconstructing Cultural Difference in Ethnic Classes for Korean Children in Japan"
  • Commentator: Dr. Thomas LaMarre, McGill University
Panel Two
Image: Art History and Visual Media
  • Monika Dix, University of British Columbia
    "The Transitory Presence of Foreigners in Japan: The Influences and Effects of the Mongol Invasions on Japanese Art, Faith and Culture"
  • Tomoko Goto, University of British Columbia
    "Self-Representation and Constructing Ethnicity: World Map Screens"
  • Keiko Suzuki, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    "Printing Identity: Portraiture of Foreigners in Japanese Popular Art from Nagasaki-e to Manga"
  • Gregory Vanderbilt, UCLA
    "To Be at Home in Modern Japan: W.M. Vories, Missionary Architect"
  • Commentator: Dr. Christine Guth, Independent Scholar
Closing Remarks
  • Jennifer Lee, EALC, UCLA