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Japan in Diaspora / Diaspora in Japan (2)

Continued from my earlier post , here are some more impressions from Düsseldorf University’s recent “Japan in Diaspora” symposium.

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“Orchidee des Monats” – Japanologie

Beim sogenannten “Jahr der Geisteswissenschaften” springt zwar kein Geld, aber immerhin ein bißchen Werbung für mein Fach heraus:

Prof. Dr. Gesine Foljanty-Jost von der Universitt Halle-Wittenberg erklärt, woran die Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler ihres Fachs forschen, wie ansteckend das Lesen von Mangas sein kann und weshalb es in der Japanologie nicht nur um Japan geht, sondern auch um Deutschland.

Link zum Video

Japan in Diaspora / Diaspora in Japan (1)

Though occupied with preparing a talk on studying in Japan and cramming for my exams, I managed to attend at least part of the symposium on Japanese Diaspora Studies at Düsseldorf’s Heinrich-Heine-Universität that I wrote about earlier. This was, to the best of my knowledge, the first conference on this topic in German Japanese Studies. It was quite lively, with contributions from German, Japanese-American, Chinese and Japanese scholars and discussions routinely held in three languages, as befit the subject. In this first post, I will summarize the opening speeches by Shingo Shimada and Harumi Befu. I will try to provide summaries to some of the other contributions later, notably Kyungsik Suh’s well-received account of his zainichi identity and language politics, and Ludger Pries’s more theory-focused paper on the concept of trans-national space.

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「言葉」の「言」 – Heidegger übersetzt:

“Das Ereignis der lichtenden Botschaft der Anmut”


Edit: …aber immerhin, wenn fünf Jahrzehnte später ein schöner Essay über Sei Shōnagon dabei herauskommt…

Japanese Diaspora Studies

Two quick items of interest for anybody who cares about the phenomenon of overseas Japanese diaspora culture(s).

1. An upcoming symposium at Düsseldorf’s Heinrich-Heine-Universität.

“Diaspora” is a concept which is paid more and more attention to within the current discussion of cultural and sociological studies. By global migration, transnational economic cooperation and cultural self-assurance the awareness of cultural differences has become more noticeable. Within this context the multicultural discourse broaches the issue of cultural diversity and the cohabitation in a modern society. Because of this the concept of “Diaspora” becomes more important. The pejorative connotation of former times is eclipsed by new positive aspects of the idea. In the new discussion, Diaspora means a position between two or more different cultures and is revealed as the new paradigmatic life situations in times of globalization.

The symposium, which will feature, among others, Harumi Befu, will be held on Oct 3rd, 2007. Check out their Website.

2. (via Frog in a Well), here is an interesting article by Nobuko Adachi in Japan Focus on the issue of Japanese-Peruvians in Peru, the United States, and Japan.

German Podcast on Japanese Studies

Netter Podcast: unter dem Titel “Japanologie: Zwischen falscher Tradition und heutiger Realität” stellt Prof. Manfred Pohl von der Uni Hamburg auf sympathische Weise den Studiengang Japanologie vor.


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