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Panel Discussion FEB 21, 2019: Creating Inclusive Societies in Japan and the U.S.

January 7, 2019

Challenges and Possibilities of Creating Inclusive Societies in Japan and the U.S.

Join us on February 21 at 7 PM in Kane Hall 225 for a panel discussion 

Free and open to the public. Register HERE.

Panelists from the U.S. and Japan take on the difficult topics of race, ethnicity, and gender identity as means of marginalizing individuals in our societies. The panel will explore the intersections between ethnic identities in Japan and America, including historical forms of exclusion, and interests in present efforts in both societies to create awareness and inclusiveness of people related to gender and gender identities, and the Me-Too movement in Japan. Panelists include Makiko Deguchi (Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan) who teaches on cultural psychology with a focus on racial and minority issues and privilege awareness, and Dr. Ayako Takamori (University of California Santa Barbara) an anthropologist whose works focuses on comparative race and ethnicity, multiculturalism, and gender and sexuality, and Jang Wook Huh of UW American Ethnic Studies. It will be moderated by Andrea Gevurtz Arai, UW cultural anthropologist of Japan and East Asia. See details about each of them below.


Makiko Deguchi is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Foreign Studies at Sophia University in Tokyo. Trained as a cultural psychologist, her interests include the impact of social oppression on the psychology of both the advantaged and disadvantaged group members. Her research investigates factors that lead people to take collective action, qualitative research on life histories of people who become allies to minority groups, and majority groups’ understanding of minority groups. She is currently writing a book in Japanese on changing attitudes of dominant group members through privilege awareness.


Ayako Takamori, is a sociocultural anthropologist with a Ph.D. from New York University, and is currently a visiting Assistant Professor at UC Santa Barbara. Her research and teaching expertise include comparative race and ethnicity, transnationalism and globalization, nationalism and multiculturalism, gender and sexuality, and media and visual cultures.


Jang Wook Huh is an Assistant Professor in American Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington. He specializes in ethnic American and comparative literatures, with an emphasis on modern cross-cultural exchanges in transpacific circuits. He is currently working on a book that examines the literary and cultural connections between black liberation struggles in the U.S. and anticolonial movements in Korea during the Japanese and American occupations. His research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council, the Council on Library and Information Resources, and the Fulbright Program, among others.


Andrea Gevurtz Arai teaches Japan and East Asia anthropology and society courses in the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington. Dr. Arai is working on a second major fieldwork project, book and multi-media piece. The project follows the migration of young urbanites from Tokyo and Seoul to regional towns and countrysides in Japan and Korea that explores their do-it-ourselves livelihoods: rebuilding vacated old homes and public buildings, reviving public spaces, and contributing to craft industries.


This event is made possible by a gift from the Mitsubishi Corporation.

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