NOV 4th: Professor Sharalyn Orbaugh (UBC)

“What’s Queer about Postwar Manga?”

Shojo masculinity- Haibuki from Crimson HeroTime: 12:30-1:30 pm, Asian Studies 604


The usual narrative about queerness in postwar manga locates its origins in a shôjo story drawn by (male manga artist) Tezuka Osamu:Ribon no kishi (Princess Knight, serialized 1953-56). Whether manga historians celebrate the dual-gendered protagonist or criticize Tezuka’s heterocentrism, they tend to oversimplify and obscure some of the crucial elements that make this manga queer. This presentation will begin with a re-examination and repositioning of several of the most frequently cited examples of queer postwar manga, but will concentrate on the very large number of narratives from the past fifteen years that show how manga artists are queering normative ideas of sex, gender and sexuality in increasingly sophisticated ways, both visually and textually.


Oct 21st: Professor Nakano Kiwa (Daito Bunka University; visiting scholar, Department of Anthropology)

How Do People Reconstruct Former Disaster Areas?
-The Case of Genkai Island : Fukuoka Prefecture Western Offshore Earthquake-

After the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, rebuilding the devastated area became a major challenge. Many areas in Japan have suffered natural disasters, but there are few studies that have recorded and analyzed the social and cultural background of the process of reconstruction over time. It is generally believed that the goal of reconstruction is rebuilding facilities, but I believe that we should continue to observe reconstruction over a long period of time, even after facilities have been rebuilt.

For residents, their new lives start after rebuilding facilities, and they may face various problems at that time, I believe that these problems are not limited to one particular area, but are shared by all disaster areas. Therefore, we must first recognize those problems as well as the cultural and social background of the disaster areas, and then record them. Therefore, I have chosen to research former disaster areas from this perspective.

I would like to focus on Genkai Island in Fukuoka Prefecture. This island is a community that was affected by the Fukuoka Prefecture Western Offshore Earthquake on March 20, 2005, but it was reconstructed in just three years. Its path to recovery is viewed as a model of reconstruction for Tōhoku communities.

How did the residents on this island handle their situation, and how did they try to reconstruct and rebuild their lives? Looking at the island over time, what kinds of things did the residents prioritize during reconstruction, and what kinds of new problems occurred after they started their new lives? I would like to consider their path to recovery in detail over time.

Oct. 7: Dr. Joshua Mostow (Department of Asian Studies)


Dr. Joshua RostowThis presentation will be on the upcoming exhibition “A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints,” scheduled to open in early 2016 at the Royal Ontario Museum. The exhibition is co-organized with UBC PhD Asato Ikeda and will feature early modern prints depicting the attractive adolescents known as wakashu.

Date: Wednesday, October 7

Time: 12:30-1:30

Place: Asian Centre 604

Have a Great Summer!

The UBC Centre for Japanese Research (CJR) Lunchtime Lecture Series presents a lineup of stimulating talks from scholars and graduate students on a wide variety of Japan-related research topics. All talks are free and open to the UBC community. Please bring your lunch and feel free to join us for any or all of this spring’s exciting lineup!

Every Other Week

UBC Asian Centre (Room #604)

Thank you to everyone who attended and spoke in the CJR Lunchtime Lecture Series! The series has now ended for the 2014-2015 academic year. We look forward to bringing you more exciting Japan talks next year!