The University of Oregon hosts Thomas Piercy and Eunhye Grace Choi as they perform a diverse set of songs made for Japanese and European instruments.
Akutagawa Prize-winning author Shibasaki Tomoka and University of Iowa’s Kendall Heitzman present a joint reading, in English and Japanese, of Shibasaki’s story Koko de koko de, (Right Here, Right Here). Shibasaki is a Japanese author from Osaka. Her debut novel, Kyō no dekigoto (A Day on the Planet, 2000) was adapted into film by Isao […]
University of Oregon Department of Comparative Literature’s Andréa Gilroy, Director of Comic Studies, explains the fascinating art history of Japanese comics or Manga. Gilroy presents an in-depth study of the comic essentials and the theory of the genre, including: cultural traditions and gender norms, popular Japanese cartoon art and style, and narrative structures, and […]
William Tsutsui, Hendrix College president and professor of the History of Japan, explores Japanese popular culture and the looming media presence of the Godzilla franchise. Tsutsui’s lecture explains the monster’s popularity in the U.S. and his impact on the international zeitgeist. In particular, Tsutsui investigates Godzilla’s representation by various enterprises over time, and how they […]
Kevin McKeever, Harmony Gold’s VP of Marketing, describes the rise in popularity of Japanese anime in the U.S., explaining its relation to Hollywood, fandom, and the phenomenon of globalization over the last five decades. In particular, McKeever, a specialist for Robotech and similar animation projects, examines global marketing and merchandising strategies and anime fan interests. […]