Conversations About Our Scholarly Lives

12:00 PM  - 1:00 PM
Monday Mar 4, 2013
Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching (Room 338), DeWitt Wallace Library

Kari Shepherdson-Scott, Art and Art History, will present  “Race, Danger and Distance in Japanese Images of 1930s Manchuria."  This presentation will examine the ways in which Japanese media courted tourist interest in Manchuria by positing old, walled, Chinese cities as controlled zones of contact with exoticized Sino-Manchurian culture. Throughout the 1930s, Japanese tourist media heavily advertised the “Manchuria tour” to Japanese and foreign readers, casting the region known as Manchukuo (1932-1945) as both a modern urban paradise and a wild frontier of different cultures. Nowhere was the duality of this destination-branding more evident than in photographs of the old cities. Posited as noisy and chaotic repositories of “local color” by Japanese magazines, these urban spaces were cast as sites of danger. Here, it was advertised, tourists could experience the infamous “thieves markets,” an urban parallel to the Manchurian frontier where bandits were the scourge of Japanese settlements.  All faculty are welcome.  Lunch will be served.

Contact: Adrienne Christiansen, ext. 6714

This event is for: Faculty

Sponsored By: Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching (CST)

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