Calendar of Events

Japanese Language Dining Table

September 4, 2014 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

Japanese Language Dining Table

September 11, 2014 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

Japanese Language Dining Table

September 18, 2014 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

Japanese Language Dining Table

September 25, 2014 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

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Japanese Movie Night

September 26, 2014 6:30 PM  – 8:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

The Bowdoin Japanese Program presents
The Wind Rises
The farewell masterpiece from academy award winner
Hayao Miyazaki

In conjunction with the Asian Students Association

Japanese Language Dining Table

October 2, 2014 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

First-Year & Sophomore Open House & Reception for the Asian Studies Program

October 16, 2014 4:15 PM  – 5:15 PM
38 College, Conference Room

Asian Studies Conference Room (38 College Street, 2nd floor)

Meet Asian Studies faculty from the Chinese, Japanese, and South Asian tracks Gather information about the AS major and minor, as well as the Chinese & Japanese language minor Talk with many of our AS majors

Refreshments served.

Hope to see you there!

If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Astolfi, AS Coordinator, at sastolfi@bowdoin.edu

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Japanese Movie Night - "Avalon" A Mamoru Oshii Film

October 30, 2014 5:30 PM  – 8:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Avalon
A Mamoru Oshii Film
From the Director of Ghost in the Shell

Thursday, October 30th
6:30 p.m.
VAC, Beam Classroom

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Christopher Bolton Lecture "Oshii Mamoru's Avalon: Gaming, Graphics, History, and the Future of Japanese Film"

November 10, 2014 4:00 PM  – 5:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Oshii Mamoru is one of anime's most recognizable directors worldwide. Avalon (2001) is an anime-inspired live-action movie about a grim future in which people escape their grey lives by playing an immersive virtual reality war game. Filmed in Poland with a Polish cast and military hardware borrowed from the Polish army, Avalon combines this setting and a range of subtle visual effects to revisit the history of Japan and the West during the Cold War.

Dr. Christopher Bolton, Associate Professor of Comparative and Japanese Literature at Williams College, is a specialist on Japanese science fiction and animation; he is also the associate editor of the journal Mechademia.

Japanese Language Dining Table

December 11, 2014 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

Japanese Language Dining Table

January 22, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

Japanese Language Dining Table

January 29, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

Japanese Language Dining Table

February 5, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Moulton Union, North Private Dining Room

Japanese Language Dining Table

February 12, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

Japanese Language Dining Table

February 19, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

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Second Annual World Cinema Festival: 'A Touch of Sin' - with Shu-chin Tsui

February 19, 2015 7:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

An angry miner, enraged by widespread corruption in his village, decides to take justice into his own hands. A rootless migrant discovers the infinite possibilities of owning a firearm. A young receptionist, who dates a married man and works at a local sauna, is pushed beyond her limits by an abusive client. And a young factory worker goes from one discouraging job to the next, only to face increasingly degrading circumstances. This daring, poetic and grand-scale film focuses on four characters, each living in different provinces, who are driven to violent ends. 

Written and directed by master filmmaker Jia Zhangke (China, 2013) and presented by Shu-Chin Tsui, professor of Asian studies and cinema studies, A Touch of Sin is the winner of Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival, and an official selection of the 2013 NYFF. 

Bowdoin’s World Cinema Festival offers a varied program of important contemporary narrative and documentary films from around the world with post-screening discussions moderated by faculty and students. 

The public is welcomed at no charge and tickets are not required.

The 2nd Annual World Cinema Festival is sponsored by the Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund, the Latin American Studies Program, the Asian Studies Program, the African Studies Program, the Russian Department, the German Department, the Romance Languages Department, the English Department, MacMillan House, the Bowdoin Film Society, and the Cinema Studies Program.

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Japanese Language Dining Table

February 26, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

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Portland Playback Theater: "Letting the World In: Stories of Discovery"

February 26, 2015 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

The Portland Playback Theater comes to campus for a wonderful evening of storytelling and improv theater! This troupe of highly-trained, multi-talented actors featuring Erin Curren, visiting lecturer in French, will "playback" audience stories of discovery, difficulty, culture, realization and more. The group joins the art of improvisation with real-life stories spontaneously shared by members of the audience. Using movement, dialogue and music, the actors seek to honor the countless moments and events that shape our lives. 

Portland Playback Theatre Company was founded in Portland, Maine in 2005. The Playback Theatre style models transformation; a new way to relate to the world. When trained playback practitioners enact a story told by a member of the audience, a deep bond of understanding is established between the “teller” and the audience. Playback helps people see their common humanity. When people join together in sharing their stories and watching the re-enactments, it engenders an ability to focus on commonalities rather then judgments of otherness.  

Hosted by the Off Campus Study office, along with the McKeen Center and other offices on campus.

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Ido Misato: "Creating Gilded Spaces: Kaisho and the Gilded Folding Screens"

March 3, 2015 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Searles Science Building, 315

In her presentation, Ido Misato explores the meaning of spaces defined by gilded folding screens. A gilded folding screen is a screen for which gold is used as the background, and on which in many cases flowers and/or birds with seasonal landscape are depicted. It was regarded as an important gift and export from Japan to China and Korea; although the form of the folding screen itself originated in China, the gold background was unique to Japan.

Unlike pictures on room partitions, which are architecturally fixed, folding screens are generally portable, which enabled them to create a temporary space as the occasion demanded. Folding screens functioned as borders between interior and exterior spaces and in ritual spaces. Above all, the glittering and gorgeous surface of the gilded screens was suitable for and, indeed, could create extraordinary spaces for religious rituals. The space enclosed by the gold screens could be transformed into an ideal space, if just for a passing moment.

Sponsored by: The Annie Talbot Cole Fund, the Asian Studies Program, and the Art History Department

Misato is the project assistant professor at the Institute of Advanced Study of Asia at the University of Tokyo. She is currently a visiting fellow in the department of East Asian studies at Princeton University.


Japanese Language Dining Table

March 5, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

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Film Screening and Discussion with Toru Shinoda: 'Hafu,' and "What Does it Mean to be Japanese"?

March 25, 2015 6:00 PM  – 8:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

With an ever increasing movement of people between places in this transnational age, there is a mounting number of mixed-race people in Japan; some visible, others not. The film Hafu explores the intricacies of the multicultural experience in modern day Japan as it follows the lives of five "hafus"-the Japanese term for people who are half Japanese-in a nation that once proudly proclaimed itself as the mono-ethnic nation. It examines the issues of race, diversity, multiculturalism, nationality, and identity within this new community to answer the question of what it means to be hafu, to be Japanese, and ultimately, what all of it means for Japan. 

Narrated by the hafus themselves, the viewer is guided through a myriad of experiences that are influenced by upbringing, family relationships, education, and even physical appearance. As five unique life stories become interwoven, audiences discover the depth and diversity of hafu personal identities. 

The screening will be followed by a student panel discussion moderated by Professor Toru Shinoda, faculty of social sciences at Waseda University, one of the most prestigious universities in Japan. 

Japanese Language Dining Table

March 26, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

Japanese Language Dining Table

April 2, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

Japanese Language Dining Table

April 9, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

Japanese Language Dining Table

April 16, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

Japanese Language Dining Table

April 23, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

Japanese Language Dining Table

April 30, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

Bath-Tsugaru

May 2, 2015 9:00 AM  – 12:00 PM
Adams Hall, Room 202

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Film Screening and Discussion with Wang Jiuliang and Shu-Chin Tsui: "Plastic China"

May 4, 2015 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

The waste that we produce each day gets tossed away and quickly disappears from our view. But where does it go? Is it recycled properly as we hope?  

Plastic China is a story about how plastic waste from all around the world, including the United States, ends up in China. It is because of this plastic waste that water is no longer clean, air is no longer fresh, and food is no longer safe in many areas of the vast country. People living in these polluted areas experience elevated rates of disease and mortality. This film reveals the shocking degree to which we all play a part in this problem; the connection among people around the world grows ever closer, and China is in fact not that far from home. 

Film screening (30 minutes) followed by a question and answer session with the filmmaker and Bowdoin's Shu-chin Tsui, professor of Asian Studies and Cinema Studies. 

Wang Jiang graduated from the Communication University of China and worked for several years as a freelance photographer. He is currently a visiting scholar and artist-in-residence at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Shu-chin Tsui earned her Ph.D. in cinema and culture studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is currently teaching 'Ecocinema: China's Ecological and Environmental Crisis'.

Sponsored by the Asian Studies Program, the Environmental Studies Program, Cinema Studies, and the Department of Government and Legal Studies.

Japanese Language Tables

September 10, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

Every Thursday from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. in Thorne, Hutchinson Room, the Japanese language teachers meet with students to practice Japanese and share stories over dinner. It is a great way to practice your Japanese language skills outside the classroom whatever your expertise. Even those students who are just starting out can learn something by listening to what is going on around them and trying out what they have learned in class.

Japanese Language Tables

September 17, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

Japanese Language Tables

September 24, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

Chinese Language Table

September 29, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

Chinese Program Announcement:

Chinese Table is inviting all members to participate in the Mid-Autumn Festival celebration at 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. tonight, September 29, at Thorne, Hutchinson Room. Chinese tea and moon cakes will be provided for tasting.

2015 Mid-Autumn Festival falls on September 27th.
Due to the pleasant autumn weather, this is a peak time for family gathering, much like the Thanksgiving Day in America. What are some of the traditional folk customs of this interesting festival?

Every year on the 15th day of the 8th month according to the Chinese lunar calendar, people in China and Vietnam celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. It is the second grandest festival after the Spring Festival (or Chinese New Year) in China. The day is also known as the Moon Festival, as the moon is at its roundest and brightest.

Mid-Autumn Festival is associated with an ancient custom of moon sacrificial ceremony. The ancient Chinese observed that the
movement of the moon had a close relationship with the changes of the seasons and agricultural production. Hence, to express thanks to the moon and to celebrate the harvest, they offered a sacrifice to the moon on autumn days.

This custom could be traced back to the Zhou Dynasty (1046 - 256 BC) and was more often practiced by the royal class on the Autumnal Equinox. At that time, the custom had no festival background at all. Later in the Sui (581 - 618 AD) and Tang (618 - 907 AD) dynasties, social prosperity inspired the custom of appreciating the moon and good harvest. By the time of the Northern Song Dynasty (960 - 1127 AD), Mid-Autumn Festival had already become a widely celebrated folk festival. 

Customs:

On the festival day, family members gather to offer sacrifice to the moon, appreciate the bright full moon, eat moon cake, and express strong yearnings toward family members and friends who live afar.
In addition, there are some other customs like playing lanterns, and dragon and lion dances in some regions.

Moon Cakes:

The Moon Cake is the special food of Mid-Autumn Festival. On that day, people sacrifice moon cakes to the moon as an offering and eat them afterwards for celebration. Moon cakes come in various flavors
according to the region. The moon cakes are round, symbolizing the reunion of a family, so it is easy to understand how the eating of moon cakes under the round moon can evoke longing for distant relatives and friends. Nowadays, people present moon cakes to relatives and friends to demonstrate that they wish them a long and happy life.

 






Japanese Language Tables

October 1, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

Japanese Table is an excellent opportunity for students to practice speaking Japanese in a casual and friendly environment.

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Lisa Bjorkman: "Mumbai's Contested Waters: Everyday Politics of Infrastructure and Access"

October 5, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Hubbard Hall, Thomas F. Shannon Room [208]

In Mumbai, two decades of urban development and roaring economic growth have seen the steady deterioration of the city's water infrastructures. The everyday risks of water shortage-risks that flow across class lines-are managed and mitigated through elaborate knowledge-exchange networks. The everyday work of getting water to come out of Mumbai's pipes is an activity that requires continuous attention to and intimate knowledge of a complex and dynamic social and political hydraulic landscape-business, brokerage, secondary markets, and socio-political networks whose workings are transforming lives as well as reconfiguring and rescaling political authority in the city.
 
Lisa Bjorkman is assistant professor of urban affairs at the University of Louisville and research scholar at the University of Gottingen's Transregional Research Network (CETREN) in Germany. Her book Pipe Politics, Contested Waters: Embedded Infrastructures of Millennial Mumbai was awarded the American Institute of Indian Studies' 2014 Book Prize in the Social Sciences.

Sponsored by The Charles F. Adams Lectureship Fund, departments of History, Government and Legal Studies, Sociology and Anthropology and the Asian Studies and Environmental Studies programs.

Join us on October 5th at 5:30 pm in the Shannon Room of Hubbard Hall!