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Call for Papers: UCLA Japan Studies Graduate Student Conference [Deadline 7/31/14]

ATTN: Graduate Students

July 31, 2014 Submission Deadline


Call for Papers: Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs [Deadline 8/14/14]

ATTN: Graduate Students

August 14, 2014 Submission Deadline




Job Posting: CJRC seeks Program Assistant

The USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture (CJRC) seeks a Program Assistant (Japanese language proficiency strongly preferred but not required).

The Program Assistant position begins as a 50% PART-TIME position with benefits on July 1, 2014 (or as soon as possible), and will transition to a FULL-TIME position starting around September 1, 2014 while another staff member is off on leave. There is potential for growth into a PERMANENT FULL-TIME position within 6 months to 1 year.

The Program Assistant is critical to the mission and operation of the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture (CJRC) and the duties will include, but are not limited to:

* Planning and executing events (lectures, conferences, film screenings) including all aspects of event coordination from advertising to relevant constituents, coordinating venue and catering, and securing logistical arrangements for guest speakers and conference participants.

* Tracking and preparing expense reports and payments, and maintaining budgets and finances for personnel, programming, and grants.

* Managing and updating promotional materials including printed event posters and flyers, website, creating a weekly email newsletter (through MailChimp), and managing social media communications through Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.

* Coordinating announcement, applications, and administration of CJRC’s Faculty and Graduate Student Research Support Awards

* Collecting data and budget information to assist with preparation of annual grant and financial reports.

* Other duties as needed.

To apply, submit an electronic application through the USC Jobs Web site, Please reference requisition #1001162 to locate the job posting for this position, or click here:

Review of applications will begin immediately, though applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.

Time Correction! Event on mixed-race Asian American experiences @ JANM [Sat 6/28]

Courtesy Event Listing:

When Half is Whole
by Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu (Stanford University)

2:00PM (correct time is 2:00pm)
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Japanese American National Museum (JANM)
100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012


"I listen and gather people’s stories. Then I write them down in a way that I hope will communicate something to others, so that seeing these stories will give readers something of value."

So explains Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu in this touching, introspective, and insightful examination of mixed race Asian American experiences. The son of an Irish American father and Japanese mother, Murphy-Shigematsu uses his personal journey of identity exploration and discovery of his diverse roots to illuminate the journeys of others. Throughout the book, his reflections are interspersed among portraits of persons of biracial and mixed ethnicity and accounts of their efforts to answer a seemingly simple question: Who am I?

Here we meet Norma, raised in postwar Japan, the daughter of a Japanese woman and an American serviceman, who struggled to make sense of her ethnic heritage and national belonging. Wei Ming, born in Australia and raised in the San Francisco of the 1970s and 1980s, grapples as well with issues of identity, in her case both ethnic and sexual. We also encounter Rudy, a “Mexipino”; Marshall, a “Jewish, adopted Korean”; Mitzi, a “Blackinawan”; and other extraordinary people who find how connecting to all parts of themselves also connects them to others.

With its attention on people who have been regarded as “half” this or “half” that throughout their lives, these stories make vivid the process of becoming whole.

Purchase When Half is Whole from the JANM Store »

Read a book review of When Half is Whole »

Articles Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu contributed to Discover Nikkei »



10th Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship [applications due 10/31/14]

The Hakuho Foundation is now accepting applications for the 10th Hakuho Japanese Research Fellowship.

1. Application period: June 10-October 31, 2014

2. Research period: September 1, 2015-August 31, 2016 (6 months or 12months)

3. Receiving organizations:
- International Research Center for Japanese Studies
- Kyoto University
- National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics
- Ochanomizu University
- Ritsumeikan University (NEW)
- Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
- Waseda University

With the goals of further strengthening the fundamentals of international research into Japan and deepening international understanding of Japan through researchers’ activities, the Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship invites leading international researchers of the Japanese language, Japanese language education, Japanese literature and Japanese culture to Japan to conduct residential research.

For details, please see our website at:

News Release (Japanese):

Leaflet PDF(Japanese and English):


Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship Secretariat
(c/o) e-side, Inc., B1 Fl., Shiba-Daimon 2-1-16 Minato-ku, 
Tokyo, 105-0012 Japan
Kana Ohta/ Scott Macdonald
tel. 81-3-6435-8140
fax. 81-3-6435-8790


The name of this fellowship was changed from the Hakuho Japanese Language Research Fellowship Program to the Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship.



US Marine Corps Officer To Talk About 2011 Japan Rescue Mission [Thursday 5/15]

Japan Foundation Los Angeles Lecture Series 19
Operation Tomodachi and Afterwards: A U.S. Marine Corps Perspective

7:00 pm
Thursday, May 15
The Japan Foundation 
Los Angeles
5700 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

**Admission: Free
**RSVP Required:
Click here to RSVP
**Street parking is available near JFLA: Clike Here for street parking map (No parking validations provided.)


2011 “Operation Tomodachi” in Tohoku, Japan / Photo by Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch / US Marine Corps Photo

Immediately after the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami occurred on March 11, 2011, American military forces in Japan began sending supplies, equipment, and personnel to the devastated areas to assist in relief operations known as “Operation Tomodachi.”

The operation took place from March 12 to May 4, 2011, involving 24,000 U.S. service members, 189 aircrafts, and 24 naval ships.

Dr. Robert D. Eldridge was then the deputy assistant chief of staff of the Marine Corps Installations Pacific in Japan, and he was one of the first responders to Northeastern Japan after the devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck the region.

In his lecture, Dr. Eldridge will talk about his experiences and thought process during and after the “Operation Tomodachi” and what we could learn from the disaster.

Dr. Robert D. Eldridge is the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for G-7, and Political Affairs and Public Diplomacy Officer, Marine Corps Installations Pacific (Okinawa, Japan).

He was a tenured associate professor at the School of International Public Policy, Osaka University (OSIPP) and director, U.S.-Japan Alliance Affairs Division, Center for International Security Studies and Policy in Japan.

His area of research is in Japanese political and diplomatic history, Japanese Security Policy and Disaster Preparedness.

This event is co-sponsored by Japan America Society.



Reminder: Seminar on the Study of Wartime Japan [Saturday 5/3]

Join us this Saturday!
May 3, 2014

CJRC Religion, Modernity, and Science in Japan Project
Approaches to Wartime Japan: Militarism, Fascism, & Religion

10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

East Asian Seminar Room (110C)
Doheny Memorial Library
USC University Park Campus

**Refreshments and Lunch will be served!**


At this workshop, a group of scholars will discuss recent developments in the study of wartime Japan, bringing together perspectives from cultural history, the study of ideology, intellectual history and religion.

- “War, Utopianism, and Buddhism in the East-Asia League”Clinton Godart, USC
"Bound for Rapprochement: Germany in Nonfictional Books in Interwar Japan"Ricky Law, Carnegie Mellon University
- “Shinran and Faith in Wartime Japanist Thought”John Person, Hamilton College
- “Why the Kamikaze Pilot Listened to Jazz Before Killing Americans:  Aviation and Mass Culture in the Twilight of Wartime Japan”Benjamin Uchiyama, University of Kansas
- “Ideological Conversion and Revolutionary Restorationism in 1930s Japan”Max Ward, Middlebury College

**A detailed agenda is provided HERE.**
**Please RSVP to**

Reminder: Celebrating Vinayak Bharne’s New Book! [Thursday 5/1]

Please join us tomorrow (Thursday)!
May 1, 2014

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Doheny Memorial Library, Room 241
University of Southern California

CJRC Book Launch Event
Zen Spaces and Neon Places: Reflections on Japanese Architecture and Urbanism
by Vinayak Bharne, Adjunct Associate Professor of Urbanism, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy


**Sushi, Mochi/Manju, and Tea will be served!!**

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP to
See more information HERE.



Reminder: Seminar on Hapa Japan Remix [Saturday 4/26]

Join us this Saturday!
April 26, 2014

Sawyer Seminar X

Co-sponsored by the CJRC Hapa Japan Database Project and Kaya Press

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
East Asian Seminar Room (110C)
Doheny Memorial Library, USC

How does a multiethnic location like Los Angeles provide the contours for mixed race individuals and community formations? How does dislocation - across the Pacific Ocean - inform multiracial experiences? And how does religion either inform or provide an alternative to race and mixed race as a framework for identity formation?

**Visit here for a full list of panels.**

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Presented by the Center for Japanese Religions and Culture’s "Critical Mixed-Race Studies: A Transpacific Approach" Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminars Series at the University of Southern California.

Reminder: Symposium on the Future of Japan’s Immigration Policy [Friday 4/25]

Join us this Friday!
April 25, 2014

CJRC Hybrid Japan Project
Immigration Nation Japan? - Immigration Policy, Immigrant Integration, and the Future of Multiethnic Japan

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Room 351/352
Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC), USC

Featuring a keynote speech by Hidenori Sakanaka, former director of the Tokyo Immigration Bureau and current director of the Japan Immigration Policy Institute, this symposium explores the future of Japan’s immigration policy.

Japan’s declining population demographics has recently been increasingly recognized as not only an issue that affects the future of Japan’s workforce, but its taxation, pension, and health care futures. As Japan contemplates a more open immigration policy to address this imbalance, this symposium features the foremost experts on a Japanese-style immigration policy who will discuss the challenges to immigrant integration and how Japan might learn from other nations like South Korea and the U.S. to create a more multiethnic Japan.

**Visit here for full event schedule.**

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