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Towards a Japan Model of a Multicultural Society
October 27-28, 2012 Third Mixed Roots Academic Forum
Hosted by Osaka University Global Collaboration Centre (GLOCOL)

 

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The Mixed Roots Academic Forum is now in its third year, hosted by Osaka University GLOCOL and planned by Mixed Roots Japan. With the aim of promoting "firsthand social dialogue", various panel discussions, performances, and short film screenings are organized.

In the absence of a formal academic recognition of the subject of mixed roots studies in Japan, we are especially working hard to connect various academics and the development of young researchers by providing them a venue for presentation. Our participation is not limited to the Kansai region - presenters and academics converge from as far as Okinawa, Sendai, and the United States.

We are also collaborating with the bi-annual Hapa Japan Conference organized by Prof. Duncan Williams (formerly at UC Berkley), which will be held at University of Southern California in April 2013.

Please email us for inquiries and RSVPs.

This year, we have the following sessions:
Oct. 27 (Sat.)
EForum 1: Young Researcher Presentations
ESymposium: Thinking About Multiculturalism and Japan - Through the Eyes of Mixed Roots
Oct. 28 (Sun.)
EForum2: Okinawa and Mixed Roots
EPanel Discussion & Performances: "Blackanese and Proud!"

Main Venue: Osaka University Toyonaka Campus
Student Commons Open Seminar Room (1F)
http://www.cep.osaka-u.ac.jp/about_center/stucomintor#anchor-2

Symposium Venue: 21st Century Kaitoku-do, Studio (1F)
http://21c-kaitokudo.osaka-u.ac.jp/access

Programme

Oct. 27 (Sat.)
Forum 1: Young Researcher Presentations
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Presenters:
1) "Comparison of Asian American Depiction in American Media and 'Hafu' in Japanese Media"
@@Shima Yoshida@ University of Utah, PhD Candidate@Abstract

2) "Negotiating “Japaneseness” in Popular Music in Japan"
@@Rachel Goc@University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD Candidate@Abstract
3) "Internal and External Factors on Language Acquisition by Multi-Racial/Cultural Individuals"
@@Takara Kenza Allal@Otemae & Konan Women's Universities, Lecturer@Abstract
4) "Introductory Research on the Identities of Hispanic Children (in Japan)" Disner Gutarra, Kansai Gaidai University, Lecturer
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Guest Presenter:
"Children of the Pearl, Children of the Sun: The Lives and Struggles of Japan’s Unacknowledged Children"@Abstract
Ken Ishikawa@Osaka University GLOCOL, Invited Researcher

Facilitation:
Hyoue Okamura@Kobe University, PhD Candidate

Commentators:
@@Gerry Yokota, Professor at the Graduate School of Language and Culture, Osaka University
@@Lilian Terumi Hatano, Associate Professor at the Department of Applied Sociology, Kinki University
@@Yoshiko Shibata, Professor at the Graduate School of Intercultural Studies, Kobe University

Symposium: Thinking About Multiculturalism and Japan - Through the Eyes of Mixed Roots
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We welcome the founder of the Nikkei Youth Network, TEDxSitka speaker and Raptivist Aisha Fukushima, short film screening, and a vibrant panel of young mixed roots individuals. Rap performance and freestyling stage at the end of the symposium.

Keynote Speech 1: "Samuraidea: using our mixed cultured strengths to connect and better the world" Akira Uchimura@Nikkei Youth Network
Keynote Speech 2: "RAPtivism : BLACKANESE POWER" Aisha Fukushima@Raptivism

Short Film ScreeninguNeither Here nor Therevby Ema Ryan Yamazaki

Panel Discussion
Facilitator: Edward Y. Sumoto
Panelists: Keynote speakers, Melissa Tomlinson, Roberto Ishikawa aka. MC Beto

Performances by: Aisha Fukushima, MC Beto with guest DJ

Oct. 28 (Sun.)
Forum2: Okinawa and Mixed Roots
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We will address a sometimes tabboo subject - Okinawa and mixed roots - through the viewpoints of several researchers and activist who identify with their mixed roots background.

"On Being Born on the 'Outside of Sovereignty': The Postcolonial Condition of Okinawa and its Mixed-Blood Children"@Abstract
Annmaria Shimabuku, UC Riverside, Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages, Assistant Professor of Japanese and Comparative Literature

"Looking Back from the Founding to the End of Operations: Children of Peace Network" Malia Hirano, Activist

"The American-Japanese Biculturalism in Okinawa: The Realities of an Island with a Base" Melissa Tomlinson, Ryukyu University, PhD Candidate
The presenter will share results from some of the 100 bicultural, American-Japanese individuals who she has interviewed for her Masters Thesis. The effects on biculatural individuals of having a base amidst their lives in this island is investigated from various angles.

 

Panel Discussion & Performances "Blackanese and Proud"
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Featuring Aisha Fukushima and David Yano. Audiences will include invited area mixed roots youth.

Facilitation by Prof. Fumiko Sakashita, Kansai Gaidai University

Profile of David Yano (Japanese Only)

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