Call For Papers: Negotiating Identities: Mixed-Race Individuals in China, Japan, and Korea

call for papers [150-2]The University of San Francisco Center for Asia Pacific Studies is pleased to announce the call for papers for “Negotiating Identities:  Mixed-Race Individuals in China, Japan, and Korea,” a conference to be held at the University of San Francisco on Thursday and Friday, April 14 – 15, 2016.

The highlight of the conference will be a keynote address by Emma Teng, Professor of History and Asian Civilizations, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

With this conference, the Center plans to provide a forum for academic discussions and the sharing of the latest research on the history and life experiences of mixed-race individuals in China, Japan, and Korea. The conference is designed to promote greater understanding of the cross-cultural encounters that led to the creation of interracial families and encourage research that examines how mixed-race individuals living in East Asia have negotiated their identities.  Scholars working on the contemporary period are also welcome to apply.

All participants will be expected to provide a draft of their paper approximately 4 weeks before the conference to allow discussants adequate time to prepare their comments before the conference.

Participants will be invited to submit their original research for consideration in the Center’s peer-reviewed journal, Asia Pacific Perspectives.  For more information, visit:

To Apply:

Deadline:  September 1, 2015 

Interested applicants should email the following to, subject line, “Multiracial Identities in Asia”:

  • 300 word (maximum) abstract
  • Curriculum Vitae

Please share this call for papers with any scholars that may be interested.

Contact Info:

Melissa S. Dale, Ph.D.
Executive Director & Assistant Professor
University of San Francisco Center for Asia Pacific Studies

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The Job Hunt: Resources (4)

job opening - 5In four previous articles, we introduced a number of sites that are helpful for finding Japan-related jobs.

The Job Hunt: Getting Started:
The Job Hunt: Resources
The Job Hunt: Resources (2)
The Job Hunt: Resources (3)

This week we’re providing more resources we’ve found across the web, either from general searches or Japanese Studies university webpages. If you’re looking for new ideas about what kind of jobs are out there and where to search, some of these places may be good ones to start. There is some information about the sites at a glance, as well as brief comments from users who sent the links our way. For questions about the specifics of each company, please contact the site administrators directly.


HiWork (

The site has Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean options, though many of the search functions are mixed with Japanese. Searches can be conducted by region or a large set of other advanced options. The site has lots of job postings, especially for sales and translation jobs. There are also some great guides to writing Japanese resumes and other working/living in Japan resources.

JapanCareer (

JapanCareer offers Japanese and English-language sites, with free registration. After registration, you can receive career counseling and information about available positions. Their search options only appear to be available if you register, so we cannot provide further information here.

JobStreet (

Here you can search by title, skills, keywords, and by specialization. A good portion of the job listings are located in Singapore, but there are also others. Generally speaking, listings are limited compared to some other sites.

iiicareer (

Job listings can be searched within the United States as well as in Japan, and are subsequently broken down by area. Target searches can then be narrowed by job category, language (English, Japanese, both, or other), and the length of work desired (Full time, part time, temp, etc.). They also have recruiters to help with getting jobs with Japanese companies in the United States.


That’s it for now– more soon! Have any other sites you frequently use or have heard about that we didn’t list above or in previous articles? Please send us an email at and let us know so we can include it in a future post!



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Call for Papers: U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal

call for papers [150-2]The purpose of the U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal is to exchange scholarship on women and gender between the U.S., Japan, and other countries; to enlarge the base of information available in Japan on the status of American women as well as women in other countries; to disseminate information on Japanese women to the U.S.; and to stimulate comparative study of women’s issues. The editors of USJWJ welcome contributions consistent with its purpose.

Manuscripts should be no more than 35 pages long (including references and notes). Submitted manuscripts will be reviewed by the editors of USJWJ or anonymously by outside reviewers. For more information and submission guidelines, please see our website

Please submit manuscripts to Dr. Miriam Murase, Managing Editor at by August 15.

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Call for Papers: Mechademia Conference on Asian Popular Cultures, 2015 “Gaming/Gender”

call for papers [150-2]Mechademia Conference on Asian Popular Cultures, 2015
September 25-27, 2015

Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Special Guest: Brianna Wu

The recent rash of death threats toward feminist media critic Anita Sarkeesian after her polemic on the violence toward women in video games, has focused attention on what has always been “accepted” as a given: video games are made by males for males. In the crosshairs of a narrowed, constructed male gaze, representations of women have indeed been predominately the sexualized subjects of extreme violence in gaming. This is the case despite the fact that women also play video games, critique and write about video games, and even create video games. An article from The Guardian from September 17th of 2014 stated, “While ‘hardcore’ gaming is clearly still rooted in its traditional user base (playing games is considered the most entertaining media amongst males aged 16-24), what the study shows is a widening audience who are exploring games through new platforms.”

Additionally, in light of the fact that in spite of its massively misogynist aspects, indeed many women not only play these hardcore video games, but actually apparently enjoy playing them; we question how to address these problems — not only just the rampant misogyny, but the broader abuses of that can underlay the misogyny; those societal issues of class, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexualities.

  • How women are depicted is not always strictly about sex and violence, but being as those are significant factors, how shouldwomen be portrayed in games – particularly action/war games?
  • Is gaming as exclusively a “man’s world” and the only role for women being the over-sexualized, highly “consumable” victims?
  • Do videogames, anime, and manga simply reinforce negative gender, ethnic, class, and racial stereotypes, or is there a possibility for critique embedded in the games or cultures that produce and consume them?

These topics represent only a few of the broad concerns over issues of gender and gaming currently in the news.

This conference invites scholars, fans, and creators to consider the situation and respond with presentations as we expand the discursive field against the vast mediated (dis)information found on the web. We welcome both in-person presentations at the conference as well as remote presentations via Zoom (much like Skype) for those unable to make it to Minneapolis.

Teachers: We also have an “Emerging Scholars Panel” for your advanced undergraduate students to participate in during this event. They can also register at the same site below.

Please send 250 word proposals to by September 1, 2015.

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Book Announcement: Hokusai’s Great Wave: Biography of a Global Icon

Via University of Hawai’i Press. 9780824839604

Author: Guth, Christine
272pp. January 2015
Paper – Regular Price: $20.00 On Sale For: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8248-3960-4
Cloth – Regular Price: $57.00 On Sale For: $42.75
ISBN: 978-0-8248-3959-8
Categories: art, art & visual culture, Japan

Hokusai’s “Great Wave,” as it is commonly known today, is arguably one of Japan’s most successful exports, its commanding cresting profile instantly recognizable no matter how different its representations in media and style. In this richly illustrated and highly original study, Christine Guth examines the iconic wave from its first publication in 1831 through the remarkable range of its articulations, arguing that it has been a site where the tensions, contradictions, and, especially, the productive creativities of the local and the global have been negotiated and expressed. She follows the wave’s trajectory across geographies, linking its movements with larger political, economic, technological, and sociocultural developments. Adopting a case study approach, Guth explores issues that map the social life of the iconic wave across time and place, from the initial reception of the woodblock print in Japan, to the image’s adaptations as part of “international nationalism,” its place in American perceptions of Japan, its commercial adoption for lifestyle branding, and finally to its identification as a tsunami, bringing not culture but disaster in its wake.

Wide ranging in scope yet grounded in close readings of disparate iterations of the wave, multidisciplinary and theoretically informed in its approach, Hokusai’s Great Wave will change both how we look at this global icon and the way we study the circulation of Japanese prints. This accessible and engagingly written work moves beyond the standard hagiographical approach to recognize, as categories of analysis, historical and geographic contingency as well as visual and technical brilliance. It is a book that will interest students of Japan and its culture and more generally those seeking fresh perspectives on the dynamics of cultural globalization.

70 color illustrations, 5 black and white

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Job Opening: Japanese linguistics, Leiden University

job opening - 5Institution:    Leiden University, The Netherlands
Location:        Netherlands
Position:         Assistant Professor, Associate Professor in Japanese Linguistics

Leiden University invites applications for an Associate or Assistant Professorship in Japanese linguistics. If the appointment is made at the Assistant Professor level, this will be with a tenure track toward the Associate Professorship. Research specialization is open. The incumbent will teach in (Japanese) linguistics. Administrative duties will include headship of an excellent team of Japanese language teachers. Appointment will be fixed-term from January 2016 for a period of maximally four years, with the possibility of a permanent position thereafter. Application deadline: 24 August 2015. Before submitting your application or query, please read the full application guidelines. These will appear at in mid-July.

 Contact:         Maghiel van Crevel ( or Ton van Haaften (

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Fun Link Friday: Hackathon at 762-year old Zen temple

Ever thought that a 762-year old Zen temple would be the perfect place to pile all of your technology-savvy engineers and programmers for a two-day hackathon? Apparently Beck Kuchkorov, a nearly 20-year resident of Japan, did, as he’s organized for the second year the Zen Hack event at Kenchoji temple, near Kamakura. A part of a larger enterprise to expand IT and community projects, Quartz has described the fascinating combination of the Rinzai sect’s Zen traditions and producing quality programming work during this limited-time event. Check out a detailed explanation of the event’s origins and process as old meets new at the temple in the original article. Fascinating stuff!

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