Fall 2014 Course Open – FAMST187JC / FAMST232JC: Japanese Cinema

Instructor: Professor Naoki Yamamoto

Meeting Time: M 5:00-7:50; W 6:00-7:50

Location: SSMS 2013

Course Description:

Since Kurosawa Akira’s Rashomon won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1951, Japanese cinema has remained one of the most influential national cinemas in world film history. With its unique creativity and productivity, it has served not only as a great inspiration for filmmakers from all over the world but also as the subject of heated debates among scholars in the US and Europe since the inception of film studies in the 1960s. By critically reviewing the ways in which a generation of Western scholars have embraced—or rather, fabricated—the “uniqueness” of Japanese cinema, this course will clarify what kind of cultural and geopolitical tensions were at play in the formative period of film studies as an academic discipline. Topics covered in this seminar include: the Orientalist gaze of the West on Japanese culture; Japanese cinema’s deviations from classical Hollywood norms; the Japanese New Wave; political filmmaking in the late 1960s; distinctive genres (horror, yakuza, anime); and Japanese cinema in the age of globalization. Throughout the course, participants are expected to attain critical skills and knowledge to contextualize our daily consumption of cultures of the “Other.”

2014 Kanchan Kanji Championship

The participants in this year’s Kanchan Kanji Championship joined in on fun games while using their knowledge of kanji characters and compounds to compete with other students of Japanese. There were 4 levels, approximately corresponding to years spent in the Japanese Language Program here at UCSB. Be sure to visit again for information on other upcoming festivities.

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Interdepartmental Ph.D. Emphasis in Environment and Society (IEES) Now Available

China smog
NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this image of smog over Eastern China on December 7, 2013

The Interdepartmental Ph.D. Emphasis in Environment and Society (IEES) is a new PhD emphasis, launched in 2014, with goal of providing UCSB doctoral students in participating departments an opportunity to receive training and mentorship in interdisciplinary environmental studies and sciences beyond the normal scope of their degree programs.

View the Interdepartmental Ph.D. Emphasis in Environment and Society (IEES) page for full details.

Rilla Peng Wins 1st Place in CLTAC Chinese Speech Contest

Rilla Peng displays her trophy for winning
Rilla Peng displays her trophy for winning the Chinese Speech Contest

Congratulations to Rilla Peng who won first place in the 39th annual CLTAC Chinese Speech Contest in the college level advanced Chinese division.

About CLTAC:

The Chinese Language Teachers Association of California (CLTAC) is a nonpolitical, nonprofit educational and professional organization. The mission of CLTAC is to promote the study, teaching, and research of the Chinese language and culture on all educational levels; to provide a platform for Chinese instructors to share and exchange teaching experience, ideas and information; to serve as a source for professional development and lifelong teaching; to enhance the quality of Chinese language teaching at all levels; to provide a network of support service to Chinese language teachers; to enhance the awareness of the importance of the Chinese language and culture.

Reminder: EAP Study Abroad Program Deadlines Nearing!

EAP Study Abroad Program Internships in East Asia: Applications due by February 14 (Fall/Year 2014 Programs) and May 16 (Spring 2015 Programs).

Apply Here!

Freeman Foundation Internships

Apply for the EAP Freeman Foundation Internship Scholarship and you may receive a $3,000 or $5,000 stipend to help with internship-related costs. More information, here.

All Programs in East Asian

Several other study abroad programs in East Asia are still available, check the EAP deadline’s for more information.