May 4, 2016/ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

UCLA Young Research Library West Classroom (Room 23167)

Zadankai: Class, Gender and Ethnicity in Postwar Japan (座談会 ― 戦後日本の階級・ジェンダー・民族)

UCLA East Asian Library (EAL), the only holding library in the West of the Mississippi of Gordn W. Prange microform collection (13,783 magazines and 18,047 newspapers and newsletters censored in occupied Japan between 1945 and 1949), has served students and scholars beyond UCLA, becoming a major hub for postwar Japanese studies. The EAL provides a venue for free academic discussions for those “Prange” scholars to exchange and share their views and research. Inviting Kōji Toba, Professor of Literature at Waseda University and Yanai Visiting Professor (Spring 2016) with research interests in Kōbō Abe and Minpei Sugiura, zadankai or an impromptu round-table talk is organized. Joining scholars to the table are Kristine Dennehy, Professor of History at California State University, Fullerton with research interests in zainichi Koreans and Asian history pedagogy, and Michiko Takeuchi, Professor of History at California State University, Long Beach with research interests in pan-pan girls and oral history. Their free-floating discussion will be facilitated by UCLA Professor of History, Katsuya Hirano.

Note: The session will be conducted in Japanese and will be open to the public (maximum seating capacity: 15). Light refreshments will also be served.

Please feel free to direct any questions to Tomoko Bialock at the following e-mail address:


Sponsor(s): Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, UCLA East Asian Library