2014 Najita Distinguished Lecture

Jun'ichi Isomae
“Haruki Murakami and the Question of Uneven Democracy in Post-Fukushima Japan”

April 21, 2014  |  5:00pm
1025 E 58th St, Chicago, IL  60637
Swift Hall, 3rd Floor Lecture Room

Free and open to the public; reception to follow

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Kojin Karatani: Neoliberalism as a Historical Stage

Wednesday, April 23  |  5:00pm
Location: Social Sciences Research Building, Room 122
1126 E 59th St, Chicago, IL  60637

In this major, paradigm-shifting work, Kojin Karatani systematically re-reads Marx's version of world history, shifting the focus of critique from modes of production to modes of exchange.

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Film Screening: Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

February 10  |  7pm
Film Studies Center, Cobb 307
5811 S. Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL

Join the Center for East Asia Studies on Monday, February 10th for a film screening of Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, a classic film by Nagisa Oshima about a Japanese POW camp during World War II.

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Recent Acquisitions Masaki Kobayashi: Against the System

The Center for East Asia Studies has recently acquired a set of four films directed by Masaki Kobayashi, one of Japan’s most influential post-war filmmakers.  Kobayashi began his career in 1941 at Shochiku Studios as an apprentice director, but was soon drafted in the Japanese Imperial Army. He regarded himself as a pacifist and was strongly opposed to the war, refusing to rise above the rank of a private. In 1944, he was transferred to the southern Ryukyu Islands where he witnessed the war’s bloody finale. He was captured by U.S. forces and detained for a year in Okinawa.

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Yoshio Hayakawa and Sakuma Masahide Concert

The Center for East Asian Studies sponsored a free concert in the International House on Friday, October 18th featuring Japanese folk rock legends, Yoshio Hayakawa and Sakuma Masahide.

Yoshio Hayakawa is a legendary figure in the history of Japanese popular music. Hayakawa first emerged into the public’s eye in the 1960s as leader of the seminal underground folk-rock band, The Jacks, and this is his first concert outside of Japan. Sakuma Masahide, another key figure in Japanese popular music, will accompany him on guitar.

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