Asia Connections: Confluences and Contradictions Tokyo in Transit: Japanese Culture on the Rails and
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ASDP 23rd National Conference
Asia Connections: Confluences and Contradictions
March 2-4, 2017
Asian Studies Development Program
Hilton Portland Downtown & Executive Tower 921 SW 6th Avenue Portland, OR 97204 Tel: 503-226-1611
The ASDP National Conference is an annual event that provides an opportunity for ASDP alumni and other interested college and university faculty members to share research related to Asian cultures and societies, as well as strategies for effectively infusing Asian content into undergraduate humanities, social science, business, and science curricula. This year, the ASDP National Conference is hosted by Portland Community College and is co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Development Program and the Association of Regional Centers for Asian Studies. To study Asia is to study connections. Whether through wide-angle historical lenses or through tightly- focused analyses of contemporary issues, studying connections among peoples, cultures, ideas and ideals enhances and broadens understanding. The 2017 ASDP National Conference presents papers from faculty and students in the humanities and social sciences that explore connections with and within Asia. In addition to providing a forum for sharing diverse, disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, the Conference welcomes proposals that explicitly explore how to connect undergraduate students with current scholarship on Asia. KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Dr. Alisa Freedman Talk Title: "Tokyo in Transit: Japanese Trains as Social and Cultural Vehicles" March 3, 2017 The sight of long trains rapidly snaking between skyscrapers and of commuters, especially workers in suits and students in uniforms, flooding station platforms, characterizes the allures and difficulties of Tokyo in the global imagination. The most efficient, largest, and busiest transit network in the world, Tokyo’s public transportation includes more than 100 train and 13 subway lines that carry a total of more than 28.85 million passengers daily. Tokyo vehicles are social and cultural spaces different from other metropolitan commuter networks: they are a means to see how the city has affected ways people behave. I will survey important historical changes in Tokyo’s social fabric made possible by developments in modern mass transportation. Commuter trains, streetcars, and buses have changed human subjectivity and artistic production, giving rise to gender roles that have come to represent Japan. The extension of Tokyo’s transit networks made it possible for men and women of different social classes to work, play, and interact with each other in unprecedented ways. Prewar culture involving commuter vehicles anticipates what is fascinating and frustrating about Tokyo today and provides insight into how people try to make themselves at home in the city.
Alisa Freedman is an Associate Professor of Japanese Literature and Film at the University of Oregon. Her publications include Tokyo in Transit: Japanese Culture on the Rails and Road (Stanford University Press, 2010), an annotated translation of Kawabata Yasunari’s The Scarlet Gang of Asakusa (University of California Press, 2005), a co-edited volume on Modern Girls on the Go: Gender, Mobility, and Labor in Japan (Stanford University Press, 2013), and a co-edited textbook on Introducing Japanese Popular Culture (forthcoming from Routledge in 2017), along with guest-edited journal issues, articles, and literary translations on a range of topics. She is Editor-in-Chief of the U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal and has been nationally recognized for her efforts in advising students.
Dr. Edward Slingerland Talk Title: "Trying Not to Try: Cooperation, Trust and the Paradox of Spontaneity" March 4, 2017
Many early Chinese thinkers endorsed the spiritual ideal of wuwei, or effortless action. By advocating spontaneity as an explicit moral and religious goal, however, they were faced with the paradox of how one can try not to try, which later became one of the central tensions in East Asian religious thought. This talk will look at the paradox from both early Chinese and contemporary perspectives, drawing upon work in economics, social psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and evolutionary theory to argue that this paradox is real, and is intimately tied up with cooperation dilemmas in large-scale societies and concerns about trust and moral hypocrisy.
Edward Slingerland is Professor of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia and a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University. He received an M.A. from UC Berkeley in East Asian Languages (classical Chinese), and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Stanford University. His research specialties and teaching interests include Warring States (5th-3rd c. B.C.E.) Chinese thought, religious studies, cognitive linguistics, ethics, and the relationship between the humanities and the natural sciences. His publications include: Trying Not to Try: Ancient China, Modern Science and the Power of Spontaneity (2014); Creating Consilience: Integrating the Sciences and the Humanities (co-edited, 2012); What Science Offers the Humanities: Integrating Body & Culture (2008); Confucius: Analects (2003); and Effortless Action: Wu-wei as Conceptual Metaphor and Spiritual Ideal in Early China (2003).
Other Special Guests Consul General Kojiro Uchiyama, from the Consular Office of Japan in Portland. Conference Events
Field Trip to Lan Su Chinese Garden
Join members of PCC's Asian Studies Committee on Thursday afternoon for an informal tour of the Lan Su Chinese Garden. Lan Su Chinese Garden is a walled Chinese garden of roughly 40,000 square feet in the Chinatown neighborhood of Portland. The name of the garden combines lan (蘭) or "orchid" and su (蘇) or "arise” or "awaken" and can thus be interpreted poetically as the "Garden of Awakening Orchids." Lan Su Chinese Garden is one of Portland's greatest treasures and is the result of a collaboration between Portland and her sister city of Suzhou, located in China's Jiangsu province and famous for its beautiful Ming Dynasty gardens. Built by artisans from Suzhou, Lan Su is one the most authentic Chinese gardens outside of China. To enter the garden is to enter another era and a truly distinctive aesthetic combining architecture, landscape design, and nature in ways that afford direct, experiential insight into Chinese culture, history and ways of thinking.
Other Asia-related Activities and Sites in Portland "What the World Owes the Comfort Women" by Dr. Carol Gluck.
The practices and norms of public memory have changed in the seventy years since the end of World War II creating what Professor Gluck calls a “global memory culture.” Changes in the law, the role of witnesses, the realm of rights, the politics of apology, and concepts of responsibility have transformed our understanding of doing justice to the past. And in each instance the former comfort women have played a role in that transformation, helping to change attitudes toward sexual violence and women’s rights -- helping, in short, to change the world. March 2, 2017, 5:30 – 7:00, Portland State University Ballroom, Room 355, 1825 SW Broadway, Portland. Presented by The PSU Center for Japanese Studies, co-sponsored by The Friends of History.
Asia-related Sites and Activities in Portland
There are several Asia related sites in Portland, including the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, the Chinatown Historic District, the Portland Japanese Garden, the Lan Su Garden, the Portland Art Museum, and Powell’s City of Books. Please see: http://www.eastwestcenter.org/sites/default/files/filemanager/ASDP/ASDP 2017 National Conference/Portland_Asia-related activities-1.pdf
Thursday, March 2nd 9:00 – 11:00 ASDP Alumni Association Board Meeting. Studio Room.
11:00 – 2:00 ARCAS Director’s Meeting. Director’s Room.
2:10 – 4:30 Visit to Lan Su Gardens. Meet in the Hotel Lobby at 2:00 PM.
12:00 – 6:00 Conference Registration – Broadway Foyer.
5:00 – 7:30
Lecture by Dr. Carol Gluck, at Portland State University Ballroom. “What the World Owes the Comfort Women.” Meet in the Hotel Lobby at 5:00 to walk over to Portland State University.
Friday, March 3rd 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM Conference Registration – Broadway Foyer.
8:00 – 5:00 Book Sales and Lan Su Chinese Gardens Information. Broadway Foyer.
8:00 – 9:00 Buffet Breakfast. Atrium Ballroom. Sponsored by PCC's Internationalization Initiatives Committee.
8:30 – 8:45 Welcoming Remarks: Peter Hershock, Dona Cady, Tom Patterson.
Friday, March 3rd 9:00 - 10:15
Panel 1 - Broadway One - Confucian Ethics and the Dharma World. Chair: Dawn Gale, Johnson County Community College
Dennis Arjo Johnson County Community College
Moral Expertise: A Comparative Philosophical Approach
Dawn Gale Johnson County Community College
Confucian Role Ethics, Gender Roles, and Ecofeminism
Keith Krasemann College of DuPage Sex Within the Dharma World: Deviance or Bad Dharma? Timothy Seitz McHenry County College Does a Dog Have Junzi Nature? Reflections on Nussbaum's Missing
Thought in Co