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"Reflections on March 11, 2011: Japan's Disasters and their Aftermath" - AGSA Distinguished Lecture Series

In the wake of the triple disasters of March 11, 2011 which devastated the Tohoku region of Japan with a massive earthquake, an enormous set of tsunami, and the catastrophic failure of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactor, both Japanese and foreign observers struggled to make sense of these events.  Bestor examines some ways in which Japanese culture frames disasters, and based on fieldwork in Tohoku in 2011 and 2012, how local meaning-making unfolds.

Dr. Bestor earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University and is Professor of Social Anthropology and Director of the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies  at Harvard University. His books include: Routledge Handbook of Japanese Culture and Society (edited with Victoria Bestor and Akiko Yamagata, 2011), Doing Fieldwork in Japan (2003), and Tsukiji: The Fish Market at the Center of the World (2004).

The Anthropology Graduate Student Association (AGSA) invites you to join the Department of Anthropology for our 13th annual Distinguished Lecture Series featuring cultrual anthropologist Dr. Thedodore Bestor. This event is free, and open to all. 

Date: 
Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Location: 
President's Room Singletary Center

New Challenges for Peace and Security in East Asia: Perspectives on Japan’s Future

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Abe, the Japanese government is proactively working to solve the major challenges Japan faces. Consul-General Kato discusses these challenges and outlines Japan’s path forward to prosperity.

Consul-General Motohiko Kato arrived to Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville in October 2012 by way of Manila, where he most recently served as Deputy Chief of Mission of the Japanese Embassy in the Philippines. A career diplomat, he entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in 1982 after passing Japan’s foreign-service examination. Consul-General Kato’s primary mission is to care for Japanese citizens in their families residing in the Southeast, protect the interests of Japanese companies, and promote Japanese culture and business throughout these five states. 

Date: 
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm
Location: 
Student Center Room 211

Japanese Attitudes toward the United States since 311: New Perceptions for the Oldest Ally

Date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Location: 
Niles Gallery
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UK Faculty Named Fulbright Recipients

Sponsored by the United States Department of State, and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program, which provides funding to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching.

Japanese documentaries addressing earthquake recovery

The UK Japan studies program, with the help of  the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville, will screen two documentaries addressing recovery efforts in Japan after the 3.11 earthquake (see below).  Please join us and encourage your students to come.

●“Fukushima Hula Girls” (100 min, 2011) *In Japanese with English subtitles
This documentary tells the story of the famous hula dancers from the popular resort, Spa Resort Hawaiians, located in the area affected by the March 11, 2011 disasters. The resort was forced to close but the dancers embark on a nation-wide tour to build support for the Fukushima tourist destination as everyone works to rebuild the facility for their grand reopening. The documentary is narrated by the 2006 film Hula Girls actress Aoi Yu and follows the lives of the dancers, many of whom are from the affected areas.
http://ganbappe.j-cqn.co.jp/
http://jfdb.jp/en/title/2926

●"Reborn from the Debris, Fishing Town, Ofunato-City, Iwate Prefecture" (30 min, 2011) **English narration with English subtitles
Bright news was brought to one disaster stricken area, Ofunato-City, Iwate Prefecture, one month after the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake. More than 150 kg of fish caught by local fishermen were sold out instantly through the Internet. This was the earliest signs of reconstruction in Iwate Prefecture whose fishing industry suffered extensive damage. The documentary focuses on activities of local fishermen who began to move quickly toward the revival of the fisheries industries.
http://www.nhk-g.co.jp/program/documentary/documentary_wave/003/index.html

 

 

Date: 
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 4:15pm to 6:45pm
Location: 
Whitehall Classroom, Rm. 214
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From Japanese to a Job: An Interview with Recent Graduate Kenneth Taylor

Recent UK  graduate Kenneth Taylor had been interested in Japanese since high school, so when the College of Arts & Sciences began offering a full degree program for the Japanese Language, Kenneth couldn't turn the opportunity down, nevermind that he was already studying mechanical engineering. In this podcast, Kenneth discusses why he chose Japanese Studies and Mechanical Engineering and what he is doing with his degrees.

 

This podcast was produced by Sam Burchett.

 

 

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Sarah Gooch

UK junior Sarah Gooch is one of only 161 recipients of the National Security Education Program Boren Scholarship. The Boren Scholar, from Georgetown, Ky., will use the $20,000 scholarship to study and teach in Japan in the fall.

Famed Cherry Blossoms to Find Their Kentucky Home on Campus

As Japan gifted Washington D.C. with cherry trees in 1912, offspring of those original trees are being donated to Kentucky and four will be planted at UK. A dedication ceremony will be held for this gift on April 26.

Japanese Bluegrass Sound Comes to Kentucky

Tsugaru shamisen musicians Oyama x Nitta will present a concert at UK on April 1 as part of the Kentucky Cherry Blossom Festival. Yutaka Oyama and Masahiro Nitta are known for using the Tsugaru shamisen instrument to bring a modern sensibility to ancient, highly percussive folk music sometimes referred to as "Japanese bluegrass."

The Japan Studies Program with Marro Inoue

Marro Inoue is the Director of the Japan Studies program. In this interview, Inoue gives a brief overview of the opportunities that the Japan Studies program offers. 

This podcast was produced by Sam Burchett.

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