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Buddhism and Social Discrimination in Japan

Colloquium | March 1 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Hank Glassman, Associate Professor, Haverford College; Jessica Main, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia; Jessica Starling, Assistant Professor, Lewis & Clark College

Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies


This meeting will focus on how Japanese Buddhist culture has responded in premodern and modern times to the needs of individuals traditionally branded by social custom as hinin 非人 (outcastes) by reason of profession, medical condition, family background, or poverty.

Hank Glassman (Associate Professor, Haverford College)
"Kegawarashii: Discrimination against Funeral Workers in Japan, Medieval and Modern"

Jessica Main (Associate Professor, University of British Columbia)
"Public Health and Propaganda: Shin Buddhism and the Campaign to Eradicate Leprosy in the 1930s"

Jessica Starling (Assistant Professor, Lewis & Clark College)
"Practicing Ethics in Contemporary Shin Buddhism: Deconstructing Stigma at a Former Leprosarium".


cjs-events@berkeley.edu, 510-642-3415