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  1. Apr

    1. Danika Medak-Saltzman speaks about the 'Specters of Colonialism' @ North Hall 2111 (Thormahlen Seminar Room)
      4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      Vanquishing the ‘Specters of Colonialism’:
      Indigenous Studies approaches, 1860s Visual Culture,
      and early U.S./Japan relations

      Danika Medak-Saltzman

      Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies
      University of Colorado Boulder

      Academic interests in Indigeneity and transnationalism are on the rise, but theoretical apparatuses for addressing the complexities that arise when these topics are considered in concert have been slow to emerge. To introduce a framework that I term “specters of colonialism”—that calls into question the haunted logics of empire that influence how and if Indigenous subjects are engaged with—I will analyze a widely circulated political cartoon titled “Our Visitors,” published by Harper’s Weekly in 1860. “Our Visitors” portrays a kimono clad man extending a candle labeled “Japan” towards the lamp on Uncle Sam’s predecessor Brother Jonathan’s table–a lamp, labeled ‘civilization.’ I read this image as simultaneously documenting history and anticipating transnational exchange between the U.S. and Japan, all while while visually erasing the very real and imagined roles that Indigenous peoples played in these histories. “Our Visitors” actively renders Indigenous dispossession–central to the settler colonialism and nation-building projects that both the U.S. and Japan were engaging in at the time–invisible. That Indigenous dispossession remains nearly invisible, or is simply used as a touchstone, rather than a specific lens of analysis, in large swaths of contemporary scholarship, is a 21st century academic challenge. For unlike the hauntings more familiar to post-colonial and cultural studies critiques that serve to recover silenced histories, the ‘specters of colonialism’ work to encourage, and are invested in maintaining, this historical blindness.

      I argue that the ‘specters of colonialism’ that are present in the logics of empire, embedded in archives, reinforced in educational systems, and present in the cyclically reproduced and consumed “haunted” knowledge about Indigenous peoples, must be vanquished if we are to successfully examine the multi-dimensional ways that Indigeneity, transnationalism, and Ethnic Studies can overlap, entwine and inform one another into the future.

      Spring 2014 Colloquium Series

      The UCSB Center for New Racial Studies is sponsoring an informal series of talks to facilitate productive scholarly relationships between UCSB faculty, policymakers, community members, and students interested in research and teaching on race and ethnicity. The series features scholarship from an array of methodological and epistemological traditions to provide a diverse perspective and encourage lively discussions, as well as interdisciplinary and collaborative work. We hope that you will join us to learn more about this scholarship.

      pdf (icon) View a PDF flyer here.

  2. Apr

    1. Former Taiwan Vice President, activist and author Annette Lu (Lu Hsiu-Lien) 呂秀蓮 with Professor Ashley on their new book My Fight for a New Taiwan @ Multi Cultural Center
      11:00 am – 1:00 pm

      April 18; 11:00-1:00@MCC: Former Taiwan Vice President, activist and author Annette Lu (Lu Hsiu-Lien) 呂秀蓮 with Professor Ashley Eseray on their new book My Fight for a New Taiwan

  3. Apr

    1. Tomoko Iwasawa on “Re-examining the Study of Japanese Culture: A Comparative Analysis of The Chrysanthemum and the Sword and Mirror for Americans: Japan” @ SSMS Building, Room 2135
      5:00 am – 6:30 am

      “Re-examining the Study of Japanese Culture: A Comparative Analysis of The Chrysanthemum and the Sword and Mirror for Americans: Japan

      by Tomoko Iwasawa (Reitaku University, Japan)

      Tomoko Iwasawa Lecture Flyer (PDF)


      Sponsored by the UCSB International Shinto Foundation Endowed Chair in Shinto Studies: Japanese Religions Lectures series

  4. May

    1. Dr. Yoshihide Sakurai Discusses Religious Movements in Modern Japan @ SSMS Building, 2F, 2135
      5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

      Religious Movements in Modern Japan:
      From the Emergence of New Religions in the Meiji Period to the Aum Cult Controversy

      Dr. Yoshihide Sakurai

      Dr. Yoshihide Sakurai is Professor of Sociology at the Graduate School of Letters, Hokkaido University, in Sapporo, Japan. He obtained his Ph.D in Development Studies of Thailand at Hokkaido University and published the book Regional Development in Northeast Thailand and the Formation of Civil Society (Khon Kaen University Press, 2003). He has also published many books on contemporary religions in Japan.
      His articles in English are included in the Hokkaido University Collection of Academic Papers:

  5. May

    1. A Film Festival to Celebrate Taiwanese American Heritage Month @ Multiple Locations
      6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

      The Center for Taiwan Studies at UCSB Presents…

      A Film Festival to Celebrate Taiwanese American Heritage Month

      Events are Free and Open to All

      Flyer for print

      Anita Chang FlyerFILM:  Tongues of Heaven:  Indigenous Articulations from Taiwan to Hawai’i
      天堂的語言:  Followed by a lecture and Q&A from the Director
      Rainbow Bridge FlyerFILM:  Warriors of the Rainbow – Seediq Bale, The Rainbow Bridge (Pt 2)
      彩 虹橋
      DIRECTOR:  Anita Chang
      DIRECTOR:  Te-Sheng Wei
      DATE:  Thursday, May 8, 2014 DATE:  Friday, May 9, 2014
      TIME: 6:30 – 8:30 PM TIME:  7:00 – 9:30 PM
      FILM RUNNING TIME:  60 Minutes FILM RUNNING TIME:  132 Minutes
      LOCATION:  SSMS Conference Room 2135 (see interactive UCSB map) LOCATION:  Multicultural Center Theater (MCC) (see interactive UCSB campus map (search “mcc”)
      *Refreshments served at 6:10
      *Refreshments served at 6:40
      Film in Chinese and English with English Subtitles Film in Chinese with English Subtitles

  6. May

    1. Kanchan (Kanji Championship) @ HSSB 4080
      2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

      Kanchan_imageThe Japanese Language Program is hosting a Kanchan, or Kanji Championship!

      Are you taking a Japanese course now? Or, have you studied Japanese before at  UCSB, SBCC, at another college, high school, or somewhere else? Congratulations! You are qualified to participate in this big, fun, yet educational event, and compete  for a fabulous prize and certificate!

      The participants will join in fun games, using their knowledge of kanji characters and compounds to compete with other students of Japanese. There will be 4 levels, as described below. Please choose the most appropriate level considering your abilities. If you don’t know which level is right, please contact your Japanese teacher. If you are an SBCC student, please contact Chikako Shinagawa, providing information about how much you have studied and where.

      Entry Deadline: Friday, April 11

      For more information, please go to Japanese Language Program site.

  7. May

    1. Roberta Strippoli on “Lady Hotoke in Ishikawa Prefecture” @ SSMS Building, 2nd Floor, 2135
      5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

      Lady Hotoke in Ishikawa Prefecture: Manuscripts, Oral Legends, Heritage Sites

      by Roberta Strippoli

      State University of New York, Binghamton

      Roberta Strippoli

      Roberta Strippoli

      Kaga Province (present-day Ishikawa Prefecture) is the setting of Hotoke no hara (Hotoke’s Field or Buddha’s Field), a Noh play that provides a sequel to the story of the performers Giō and Hotoke narrated in Heike monogatari. In the Noh play Lady Hotoke, a former lover of the Taira leader Kiyomori, appears as a ghost to a group of traveling monks and urges them to pray for her salvation. The play has inspired a number of stories about Hotoke’s life and death in Kaga Province, which circulated both orally and in written form, and whose popularity peaked in the Tokugawa period. Some of these stories are contained in two engi narratives that accompany two statues still preserved locally, one of Lady Hotoke, and one of the Buddha Amida.

      Strippoli lecture

      This talk will explore the legends of Lady Hotoke found in Ishikawa Prefecture and their connection with the Noh play, statues, and heritage sites. The sacred nature of the statues and of the sites amplifies the religious content of the Noh play, in which spirit pacification is performed and salvation is granted not only to Lady Hotoke, but also to the plants and insects of Hotoke’s Field.

      Download flyer here pdf (icon)

  8. Jun

    1. Japanese Language Placement Test – Summer 2014 @ HSSB 2214
      1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

      Testing Date:

      Monday, June 23, 1:00-2:30PM @ HSSB 2214

      Check out the Japanese Language Program Website for more information and to sign up for the test.

  9. Oct

    1. Japanese Language Placement Test – Fall 2014 (all-day)
      Oct 1 – Oct 2

      Testing Date:

      Wednesday, October 1 @ 1PM (HSSB 2252)
      Wednesday, October 1 @ 2:30PM (HSSB 2252)
      Thursday, October 2 @ 3:30PM  (HSSB 2252)

      Check out the Japanese Language Program Website for more information and to sign up for the test.

  10. Oct

    1. Chinese Language Placement Test – Fall 2014
      2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      Testing Date:

      Thursday, October 2nd
      HSSB 4080

      Visit the Chinese Language Program website for more information and to sign up for the test. Please fill out the sign-up sheet and send it to Chen-Chuan Hsu,