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Women in Modern and Current Japan
1920s “bus girls,” 1950s exchange students, pioneering professors, television celebrities—Alisa Freedman researches these and other Japanese women who have quietly broken norms, boldly spoken out against oppression, and whose personal decisions have transformed international relations and universities. Due to laws, social conventions, business practices, and other factors, women have faced different choices in work and family and different access to education, jobs, and politics than people of other genders. Our Zoominar will discuss the importance of studying and recording stories by women. How can Cultural Studies dispel stereotypes, teach diversity, reveal hidden histories, and initiate activist movements?

• Alisa Freedman, Professor of Japanese Literature, Cultural Studies, and Gender, University of Oregon
• Ulrike Schaede, Professor and Director of the Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology, GPS UC San Diego
This Japan Zoominar @ UC San Diego is organized by the Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology (JFIT) at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. For more information on JFIT activities, as well as recordings of previous Japan Zoominars, please visit jfit.ucsd.edu.

Jun 29, 2021 04:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Alisa Freedman
Professor of Japanese Literature, Cultural Studies, and Gender @University of Oregon
Literature and popular culture about gender is one of several themes of Alisa Freedman’s interdisciplinary research. Her books include "Japan on American TV: Screaming Samurai Form Anime Clubs in the Land of the Lost", "Tokyo in Transit: Japanese Culture on the Rails and Road", an annotated translation of Kawabata Yasunari’s "The Scarlet Gang of Asakusa", and co-edited volumes on "Modern Girls on the Go: Gender, Mobility, and Labor in Japan and Introducing Japanese Popular Culture." She serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal.
Ulrike Schaede
Professor and Director of the Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology @GPS UC San Diego
Ulrike Schaede is Professor of Japanese Business at GPS, UC San Diego, and the Director of JFIT. Her research focuses on Japan’s changing corporate strategies, including business culture, change management, and business organization. Her 2020 book “The Business Reinvention of Japan” analyzes how Japanese companies are responding to the rise of China and the changing global competition.