THE PHILOSOPHER AND THE PRINCESS:
FREEDOM, LOVE, AND DEMOCRACY IN COLD WAR JAPAN
Japan’s rising affluence in the 1950s and 1960s, the expansion of girls’ education, the increase in women’s magazines, and the rise of middle-class consciousness led women to imagine new possibilities. What new choices did women have? What would it take to realize dreams of freedom, self-discovery, and love? This symposium engages with these questions by discussing the influence of two legendary figures—French feminist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir and Showa-era Crown Princess Michiko, women who posed radically different models of self-expression, sexuality, and social engagement. Viewing attention to these women through a Cold War lens, we can also ask how ensuing discussion of the philosopher and the princess positioned Japan itself amid the transnational dynamics of the 1950s and 1960s.
This symposium brings together feminist scholars with diverse expertise in literature, gender studies, and social science as presenters and commentators. We invite debate and discussion from the audience.
Beauvoir in Japan: Japanese Women and The Second Sex
Romance Revisited: The Royal Wedding of 1959 Viewed Sixty Years Later
Jan Bardsley, Ochanomizu University and UNC-Chapel Hill
Aya Kitamura, Tsuda University
Gaye Rowley, Waseda University
Fumie Ohashi, Ochanomizu University
Language: English and Japanese; simultaneous interpretation available
Date/time: Sunday, 19 May 2019, 13:30-16:30
Venue: Multi-purpose Hall, Hisao & Hiroko TAKI Plaza（International Exchange Student Plaza, Ochanomizu University)
Congratulations are in order for this years ECLC Excellence in Language Study Award recipients:
Chinese: Bryan Antonio Deleon-Vargas
Japanese: Shiyi (Grace) Chen
Russian: Jacqueline Leigh Moses
Senior Lecturer and Korean Language Program Coordinator Bumyong Choi (pictured above) was awarded this year's ECLC Excellence in Language Teaching Award! He will be officially recognized at the ECLC Awards Ceremony April 26 at 4:00 in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library.
Emory students competed in the Georgia Association of Teachers of Japanese Speech Contest and Academic Challenge, held this year at Georgia Institute of Technology. Junior Ziqi Tiger Cai (above) finished third in Category Two of the speech contest, and Senior Ju Mi Ha (below) received Ganbatta recognition. Congratulations to all of our students who competed!