FIU Presents Annual Southern Japan Seminar Conference

On February 17-18, 2012, the Asian Studies Program in the School of International and Public Affairs presents the annual conference of the Southern Japan Seminar (SJS). The event is schedule to take place from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the 17th and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on the 18th in the MARC Pavilion at FIU’s Modesto Maidique Campus.

The Southern Japan Seminar & The Midwest Japan Seminar

Friday, February 17

  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Japan Consulate Reception (SJS & MJS Participants)

Saturday, February 18th

  • 9:00 am Arrival
  • 9:15 - 9:30 Welcoming Remarks
    • Steven Heine, Director of Asian Studies, FIU
  • 9:30 - 12:30 Morning Session (SJS)
    • Takehiko Kojima, FIU
      • “Misreading Yanagita Kunio: An Hidden Intellectual Lineage between Japanese Folklore and the Enlightenment Thought”
    • John Allen Tucker, East Carolina University
      • "Matsunaga Sekigo's Irinsho: An early Tokugawa Work that Interprets Confucianism in terms of Buddhism and Daoism"
    • Kinko Ito, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
      • "A Sociological Analysis of Ainu Culture"
    • FIU Asian Studies Grad Student Respondents
  • 12:30 - 1:30 Lunch (Invited Guests Only)
  • 1:30 - 5:00 Afternoon Session (MJS)
    • Susan Orpett Long, John Carroll University
      • “Revisiting Siblings and Grandchildren: The Meaning of Japanese Family Relationship in the Old Age Society”
    • Sumiko Otsubo, Metropolitan State University:
      • “Fighting on Two Fronts: Japan's Involvement in the Siberian Intervention and the Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918”
  • 5:00 pm Dinner (SJS & MJS Participants)