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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Rethinking Religion, Ethics, and Political Economy in India and Sri Lanka: Critical perspectives from Japan

Workshop: Center for Japanese Studies | February 16 | 1-4:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room)


Paola Bacchetta, Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and Vice Chair for Pedagogy, UC Berkeley

Yoshiaki Takemura, Research Fellow, National Institutes for the Humanities, National Museum of Ethnology, Japan

Kenta Funahashi, Research Center for Buddhist Cultures in Asia, Ryukoku University

Akio Tanabe, Director, the Center for the Study of Contemporary India, Kyoto University

Sae Nakamura, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University

Mitsuya Dake, Director, the Center for the Study of Contemporary India; Professor, Department of International Studies, Ryukoku University

Minoru Mio, Director, the Center for the Study of Contemporary India, National Museum of Ethnology, Japan

Alexander von Rospattt, Professor for Buddhist and South Asian Studies; Director, Group in Buddhist Studies, UC Berkeley

Andrea Wright, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, The College of William and Mary; ISAS Visiting Scholar, 2015, UC Berkeley

Lawrence Cohen, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies and Professor of Anthropology and of South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, National Institute for the Humanities (NIHU) Program, Contemporary India Area Studies, Ryukoku University Center for the Study of Contemporary India (RINDAS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)


A half-day workshop on Japanese scholarship on contemporary cultural, religious, and political norms and events in South Asia.

Friday, February 26, 2016

The Poetics of Friendship: in Early Modern and Modern East Asia

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | February 26 | 1-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Townsend Center, Geballe Room


Julie Carlson, UC Santa Barbara

Maram Epstein, University of Oregon; Joshua Fogel, York University; Matthew Fraleigh, Brandeis University; Wai-yee Li, Harvard University; Atsuko Sakaki, University of Toronto; Anna Shields, Princeton University; Robert Tuck, University of Montana; Jason Webb, University of Southern California; Dongfeng Xu, University of Chicago; Hu Ying, UC Irvine

H. Mack Horton, UC Berkeley; Andrew Jones, UC Berkeley; Ling-Hon Lam, UC Berkeley; Alan Tansman, UC Berkeley; Paula Varsano, UC Berkeley

Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Arts & Humanities, Letters & Science Division of , Townsend Center for the Humanities


Scholars from both Chinese and Japanese Studies will present papers that explore the poetics of friendship and the ways friendship is constructed in social and cultural spheres. The larger aim of the symposium is to think about the culture of friendship in an East Asian context.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Poetics of Friendship: in Early Modern and Modern East Asia

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | February 27 | 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Townsend Center, Geballe Room


Julie Carlson, UC Santa Barbara

Maram Epstein, University of Oregon; Joshua Fogel, York University; Matthew Fraleigh, Brandeis University; Wai-yee Li, Harvard University; Atsuko Sakaki, University of Toronto; Anna Shields, Princeton University; Robert Tuck, University of Montana; Jason Webb, University of Southern California; Dongfeng Xu, University of Chicago; Hu Ying, UC Irvine

H. Mack Horton, UC Berkeley; Andrew Jones, UC Berkeley; Ling-Hon Lam, UC Berkeley; Paula Varsano, UC Berkeley; Alan Tansman, UC Berkeley

Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Arts & Humanities, Letters & Science Division of , Townsend Center for the Humanities


Scholars from both Chinese and Japanese Studies will present papers that explore the poetics of friendship and the ways friendship is constructed in social and cultural spheres. The larger aim of the symposium is to think about the culture of friendship in an East Asian context.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Film Screening: Devils on the Doorstep

Film - Feature: Center for Japanese Studies | February 29 | 6 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall


Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), The Japan Foundation Los Angeles


Join us for a screening of the film "Devils on the Doorstep" (2000). Jiang Wen directed and stars as the hapless protagonist in this incendiary, sociopolitical satire set in a Chinese hamlet during World War II's waning days. One wintry night, peasant Ma Dasan (Wen) becomes -- at gunpoint -- the custodian of two Japanese prisoners, one a rabid, jingoistic soldier and the other his self-preserving...   More >


Free

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Film Screening: Last Life in the Universe

Film - Feature: Center for Japanese Studies | March 7 | 6 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall


Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), The Japan Foundation Los Angeles


A story of two very different people coming together in the wake of personal tragedies, Last Life in the Universe (2004) stars Tadanobu Asano as Kenji, a quiet, bespectacled Japanese librarian living in Bangkok. Obsessed with suicide, he meticulously stages ways to kill himself, only to be interrupted every time...   More >


Free

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Tohoku Springs Back!: A Fundraiser Celebrating 5 Years of Positive Change in Tohoku, Japan

Reception: Center for Japanese Studies | March 12 | 7-10 p.m. | David Brower Center, Suite 100


2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Martin Fackler

DJ Marcy; Otonowa

Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Umami Mart


Umami Mart and the Center for Japanese Studies present TOHOKU SPRINGS BACK, an evening of food, drinks, music and dancing -- to commemorate the hardships endured in the Tohoku region in the last five years, and the people who are bringing positive change to the area.

We are inviting our friend DJ Marcy from Fukushima (owner of a record shop in Fukushima City called


$75 General Admission, $50 UC Berkeley Student/Faculty

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Hierarchies of Citizenship and Non-Citizenship in East Asian Democracies: The Politics of Multiculturalism in Korea, Japan, and Taiwan

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | March 17 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Erin Aeran Chung, Johns Hopkins University

Center for Korean Studies (CKS)


This paper argues that the variants of multiculturalism developing in Korea, Japan, and Taiwan represent each society’s attempt to improve upon what policymakers view as the failures of multiculturalism—and, more broadly, diversity—in traditional countries of immigration.


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