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17

Apr

Paid! Summer Internships @ the Japanese American National Museum

Deadline to apply is Friday, May 2nd for all internships!

16

Apr

Workshop on Approaches to Study of Wartime Japan [Saturday 5/3]

Saturday
May 3, 2014

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

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

East Asian Seminar Room (110C)
Doheny Memorial Library, USC

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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.

**Visit here for more details and list of presenters.**

Celebrating Vinayak Bharne’s latest book on Japanese Architecture and Urbanism [Thursday 5/1]

Thursday
May 1, 2014


CJRC Book Launch Event

Zen Spaces and Neon Places: Reflections on Japanese Architecture and Urbanism by Vinayak Bharne

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Room 241
Doheny Memorial Library, USC

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A celebration of the latest book by Vinayak Bharne, Adjunct Associate Professor of Urbanism, Sol Price School of Public Policy, and Associated Faculty Member of the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture. Please join us!

**Visit here for more details.**

Sawyer Seminar: Hapa Japan Remix [Saturday 4/26]

Saturday
April 26, 2014

Sawyer Seminar X
HAPA JAPAN REMIX

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

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Summary:
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.**

**RSVP to cjrc@dornsife.usc.edu, thank you!**


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.

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

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


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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.

Description:
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.**

**RSVP to cjrc@dornsife.usc.edu, thank you!**

09

Apr

Lecture Reminder: Religious Piety, Ritual, and the Performing Arts in Japan [Friday 4/11]

CJRC Religion and Social Life in Premodern Japan Project
Religious Piety, Ritual, and the Performing Arts in Japan: Cultural Exchange with East Asia, Historically and Today

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Friday, April 11, 2014
East Asian Seminar Room (110C)
Doheny Memorial Library (DML), University Park Campus

**Please RSVP to cjrc@dornsife.usc.edu**

Summary:

Lecture by Professor Koichi Matsuo of the National Museum of Japanese History. **Please note: this lecture will be in JAPANESE only.**

Description:

In Japanese religions, both historically and today, the influence of Buddhism introduced from the Chinese continent (including the Korean peninsula) during the ancient period has been extremely great. This continental Buddhism fused with Japan’s ancient kami rites and practices, creating unique religious forms and cults. Cultural transmissions from China did not come to an end during the ancient period but continued during the medieval and early modern periods, and it was under such influence that the Buddhist culture of each period emerged. Things that are often introduced as unique aspects of Japanese culture—the way of tea (chado); the arts of flower arrangement; theater forms such as noh, kyogen, bunraku, joruri puppet theater, and kabuki; even the festivals that mark the four seasons—bear signs of Chinese, and especially Buddhist influence. They underwent a unique process of reception in Japan, and many continue even to this day, receiving not only local and domestic recognition, but in many cases also receiving UNESCO recognition as world cultural treasures or items of cultural heritage. In many ways the significance of this transmitted culture is difficult to understand using historical documents. But it is possible to physically experience such culture through its music, song, dance, and other embodied forms.

In this lecture Prof. Matsuo will introduce some of the films he has produced, films that document aspects of this ongoing cultural exchange between Japan and the Chinese continent. He will also consider the unique aspects of festivals and performative arts in Japan, both of which carry strong religious or cultic elements.

Dr. Koichi Matsuo is a Professor in the Research Department of the National Museum of Japanese History (Rekihaku) in Chiba, Japan.

Lecture Reminder: The Origins of Soka Gakkai [Monday 4/14]

CJRC Lecture Series
The Origins of Soka Gakkai: Tracing the Transformation of an Educational Reform Society into Japan’s Largest Religious Organization

by Levi McLaughlin
Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, North Carolina State University

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Monday, April 14, 2014
East Asian Seminar Room (110C)
Doheny Memorial Library (DML), University Park Campus

**Please RSVP to cjrc@dornsife.usc.edu**

Soka Gakkai, literally the “Value Creation Study Association,” is a lay organization rooted in Nichiren Buddhism that rose in the postwar era to become the largest religious organization in Japan, and most likely the largest religious group in Japanese history. Perhaps ironically, Japan’s largest religion did not begin as a religion at all but instead started in the 1930s as a small collective of schoolteachers and intellectuals committed to educational reform. Drawing on rare primary sources and interviews with veteran adherents, this presentation will trace Soka Gakkai’s foundation and will identify crucial points in its development by discussing how its twin legacies of medieval Japanese Buddhism and modern humanism conflated within the group’s practices – such as youth training, cultural activities, and political mobilization. Analysis of Soka Gakkai’s remarkable transformation into a religious mass movement will reveal distinctive aspects of “New Religions” that take shape in the context of modern nation-states.

This talk comprises portions of Prof. Mclaughlin’s forthcoming book Soka Gakkai: Buddhism and Romantic Heroism in Modern.

**This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided!**

Reminder: Book Launch Event of The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism [Tuesday 4/15]

CJRC Book Launch Event
Expressions of the Inexpressible: The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Alumni Room
Davidson Conference Center (DCC), University Park Campus

**Please RSVP to cjrc@dornsife.usc.edu**

The new Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism, by Robert Buswell (UCLA) and Donald Lopez (University of Michigan), in 1,304 pages, 1.2 million words (and 5.5 pounds), is the most authoritative and wide-ranging reference of its kind ever produced in English. Its more than 5,000 alphabetical entries explain the key terms, doctrines, practices, texts, authors, deities, and schools of Buddhism across six major canonical languages and traditions: Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean; the dictionary also includes selected terms from Burmese, Khmer, Lao, Mongolian, Newar, Sinhalese, Thai, and Vietnamese. The entries take an encyclopedic approach to the religion, with short essays that explore the extended meaning and significance of the terms in greater depth than a conventional dictionary.

At this book launch event, co-author Robert Buswell will be present to discuss new and emerging trends in Buddhist Studies that are covered the dictionary. He will also present a Top Ten list of misconceptions about Buddhism, and will examine how these issues are addressed in the dictionary.

Robert E. Buswell Jr. holds the Irving and Jean Stone Endowed Chair in Humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he is also Distinguished Professor of Buddhist Studies and founding director of the Center for Buddhist Studies. He is the editor-in-chief of the two-volume Encyclopedia of Buddhism (MacMillan Reference, 2004) and the author of Cultivating Original Enlightenment (University of Hawaii Press, 2007) and The Zen Monastic Experience (Princeton, 1992), among many other books.

**This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided!**

"Cinnamon Girl" Extended through This Sunday, April 13!

Playwrights Area in association with Greenway Arts Alliance present

CINNAMON GIRL

Now extended through this Sunday, April 13, 2014!

Now - April 13, 2014
Greenway Court Theatre
544 N. Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, California

**Ticket information HERE.**

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Book and Lyrics by VELINA HASU HOUSTON
Music by NATHAN WANG
Directed by JON LAWRENCE RIVERA

A mother’s mysterious death and a cinnamon plantation owner’s violent abuse of power causes a young cinnamon peeler to flee the plantation and begin an odyssey on which she discovers life - and herself. A stirring world premiere musical set in 1937 Ceylon.

For the final performances, the production welcomes Rachel Sorsa in the role of Empress.

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02

Apr

Two Painterly Requiems for the Nuclear Weapons Over The Pacific [Thursday 4/10]

Two Painterly Requiems for the Nuclear Weapons Over The Pacific, 1945 - 1954

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Leavey Library Auditorium

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**Co-sponsored by the Department of Art History and the East Asian Studies Center**

Lecture by Yoshiaki Shimizu, Princeton University

Professor Shimizu is the Frederick Marquand Professor Art and Archeology Emeritus at Princeton University. An elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences who has published widely on Japanese Art, he is currently a Guest Scholar at the Getty Research Institute.


No RSVP needed. All are welcome!