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Japanese Movie Night

Japanese Movie Night

October 3, 2013 6:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Sills Hall, Room 117

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Japanese Language Dining Table

Japanese Language Dining Table

October 2, 2013 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

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Japanese Language Dining Table

Japanese Language Dining Table

September 25, 2013 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

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Japanese Language Dining Table

Japanese Language Dining Table

September 18, 2013 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

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Japanese Movie Night

Japanese Movie Night

September 12, 2013 6:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Sills Hall, Room 117

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Japanese Language Dining Table

Japanese Language Dining Table

September 11, 2013 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Mitchell North

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Unveil the Mysterious Tibet Through a Candid Lens

Unveil the Mysterious Tibet Through a Candid Lens

April 16, 2013 4:00 PM  – 5:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Distinguished linguist and photographer, Kuo-ming Sung is Associate Professor and Chair at Lawrence University.

Prof. Sung has published several books on Tibet and the Tibetan language, and is currently working on a textbook of Colloquial Lhasa Tibetan language.

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Asian Studies Program at Bowdoin.

Free and Open to the Public.

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"True and Fake in China's Model Bohemia" Winnie Wong Lecture

"True and Fake in China's Model Bohemia" Winnie Wong Lecture

April 3, 2013 4:30 PM  – 6:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Dr. Winnie Wong, Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, explores the unlikely connections among photojournalism, documentary photography, and conceptual art in depictions of Dafen village, the world's largest production center for hand-painted art products.

This lecture explores the visual rhetorics of manual labor and creativity in China's most famous cultural site and traces the value of "truth" in American journalists', artists', and photographers' representations of China.

Sponsored by the Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund, the Asian Studies Program, and the Department of Art History.

Open to the public and free of charge.

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An Enchanted Evening with the Spirits of Japanese Dance and Art

An Enchanted Evening with the Spirits of Japanese Dance and Art

February 28, 2013 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

A performance/demonstration of kabuki and traditional Japanese dance by Sachiyo Ito based in New York City. Sachiyo Ito has brought together East and West through her delicate and powerful performances of classical, traditional, and contemporary Japanese for nearly forty years. 

Organized in conjunction with "Fantastic Stories: The Supernatural in Nineteenth-Century Japanese Prints" on view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art through March 3, 2013 and supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Fund.

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"China's New Leaders" Joseph Fewsmith Talk

"China's New Leaders" Joseph Fewsmith Talk

February 15, 2013 4:00 PM  – 5:30 PM
Searles Science Building, Room 315

Professor Joseph Fewsmith (Boston University) is a renowned scholar of Chinese elite politics.
His most recent book, The Logic and Limits of Political Reform in China, examines the evolution of post-Tiananmen reforms to local governance.  Prof. Fewsmith's talk will explain the significance of the 2012 Chinese leadership transition.

Recognizing 25 Years of the Asian Studies Program at Bowdoin.

Co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Program and the Department of Government and Legal Studies with support from the John C. Donovan Lecture Fund.

Free and open to the public.

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Japanese Language Dining Table

Japanese Language Dining Table

January 23, 2013 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

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Japanese Language Dining Table

Japanese Language Dining Table

November 28, 2012 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

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Lecture: "From Abject Horror to Witty Play: The Oscillating Modes of the Supernatural in 19th-Century Japan"

Lecture: "From Abject Horror to Witty Play: The Oscillating Modes of the Supernatural in 19th-Century Japan"

November 15, 2012 4:30 PM  – 5:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Japanese prints from the Edo period (1600-1868) often feature haggard ghosts, vengeful demons, and mischievous beings. Daniel McKee will discuss these prints in connection with literary, theatrical, and political discourses, reading them as a medium of socio-political critique.

McKee, Japanese studies bibliographer and adjunct assistant professor in Cornell University's East Asian Program, was formerly the curator of the Clark Center for Japanese Art.

This talk is organized in conjunction with Fantastic Stories: The Supernatural in Nineteenth-Century Japanese Prints, on view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, and is presented as part of the series of events recognizing 25 years of the Asian Studies Program at Bowdoin.

Sponsored by the Lectures and Concerts Committee, Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund, Asian Studies Program, Art History Division of the Department of Art, and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Presented by Asian Studies and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

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Japanese Language Dining Table

Japanese Language Dining Table

November 14, 2012 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

By invitation only.

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Exhibition Opening: "Fantastic Stories: The Supernatural in 19th-Century Japanese Prints"

Exhibition Opening: "Fantastic Stories: The Supernatural in 19th-Century Japanese Prints"

November 9, 2012 10:00 AM  – 5:00 PM
Museum of Art, Center Gallery

Organized on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Asian Studies at Bowdoin College, the exhibition "Fantastic Stories: The Supernatural in Nineteenth-century Japanese Prints" features forty prints by well-known artists such as Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Kawanabe Kyosai, Utagawa Kunisada, and Katsushika Hokusai. Viewers will delve into the world of mythical creatures and ghostly apparitions in the Edo period. The exhibition continues through March 3, 2013.

Image: Utagawa Kunisada, Japanese, 1786-1865, The Cat Witch, color woodblock (detail).

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"Virtual Idol as Media Platform: Miku and and the Value of Social Media" by Ian Condry

"Virtual Idol as Media Platform: Miku and and the Value of Social Media" by Ian Condry

September 26, 2012 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Hatsune Miku is a virtual-media singing sensation from Japan. Created by an enthusiastic fan base using a music synthesizer package called Vocaloid, she is a crowd-sourced pop star.

Using her as an example, Dr. Ian Condry, a cultural anthropologist from MIT, will discuss how pop culture, like politics, depends on energetically undertaken collective actions. Based on fieldwork in Japan and the U.S., his talk will also explore the dynamics of the social media in contemporary Japan, using examples from the aftermath of the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami.

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