Race and Ethnicity in American Literature and Culture:
A Reconsideration

A Symposium Organized by the Nagoya University American Literature/Culture Society and Sponsored by the Graduate School of Languages and Cultures, Nagoya University

Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17, 2013
Room 406, North Wing, Liberal Arts and Sciences Building, Nagoya University
Map (B4-1 in the map)
Language: English
Admission free

(Flyer 1 / Flyer 2)

3/16 (Sat)
Opening Remark   (10:00-10:10)

Keynote Lectures (10:15-12:15)

Prof. Viet Thanh Nguyen (University of Southern California), “Transpacific Studies: Interventions and Intersections”

Prof. Luo Lianggong (Central China Normal University), “’A Connection with Nature’: On Sonia Sanchez’s Haiku Poems”

Lunch break (12:30 -14:00)

Session I  (14:00 - 16:00)
Chair: Mark Weeks

Soh Fujii (Nagoya University), “The Dilemma of a Chinese American Ghostbuster: Kingston’s The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts

Erika Hori (Nagoya University), “Boundaries between Locals and Non-locals in Hawai`i: Representations of Racial Relations in Dennis Carroll’s Spur!

Shota Yamabe (Kanto Gakuin University), “The Transparent Eyes from Limbo in Hisaye Yamamoto’s Stories”

Mizuho Murayama (Aichi Prefectural University), ”Reading the War Trauma in Hisaye Yamamoto’s ‘Epithalamium’”

Session II (16:20 – 18:20)
Chair: David Ramsey

Rie Kawabata (Nagoya University), “Linh Dinh: Love Like Hate for His Homeland, Vietnam, and His Second Homeland, America”

Rie Koike (Fuji Tokoha University), “The Self ‘I’ and the Community ‘We’: A Meaning of Mauritius in Mukherjee’s Writing”

Takashi Aso (Waseda University), “Assimilation, Simulation, and ‘Assimulation’: Queer Passivity in the Work of Pipo Nguyen-Duy”

Rika Nakamura (Seijo University), “How Does Asian American Studies (in US) Translate into Asia/Japan?”

Reception (19:00 - 21:00)
At Les Oeufs d’or
Roots Stone/La Maison Building, Yotsuya-dori 2-10, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya
Tel: 052-781-1237)
(Reservation required)

3/17 (Sun)

“Just Memory”: A Seminar with Prof. Viet Thanh Nguyen (10:00-11:30)
Moderator/Commentator: Rika Nakamura

Photo shoot

Lunch break (12:00 - 13:30)

Session III (13:30 – 15:00)
Chair: Tadashi Nagasawa

Saori Iwatsuka (Nagoya University), “A Filipino Servant in Reflections in a Golden Eye: Carson McCullers’s Criticism of American Colonialism in the Philippines”

Atsuko Honda (Fukui University), “Return of the Gift: Giving and Forgetting in Anzia Yezierska’s Hungry Hearts

Arinori Mori (Chukyo University), “A ‘Gypsy’ Girl Becomes American: Assimilation of Literary Orphans into the U.S. Society in Jean Webster’s Daddy-Long-Legs

Session IV (15:20 - 17:20)
Chair: Akitoshi Nagahata

Yuri Shakouchi (Mie University), “Limitation of Nonconformism: Parody of Ethnic Relations in Zippy the Pinhead

Tadashi Nagasawa (Sugiyama University), “’We Wear the Mask’: An Alternative Perspective on the African American Music”

Mark Weeks (Nagoya University), “Andy Warhol: Identity and Indifference”

David Ramsey (Notre Dame Seishin University), "'All the World's a Stage': Masks, Personas, and the Performance of Race and Ethnicity"

Closing Remark

3/18 (Mon)

Excursion to Kyoto


Contact: Akitoshi Nagahata (e43479a-nucc.cc.nagoya-u.ac.jp; 052-789-4702)


(last updated: 2013.2.25)