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October 2014

Careers in Asian Law: Perspective from a UW Alumnus

Thursday October 2, 2014
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Allen Auditorium, Allen Library

Jody Chafee, MA '88 JD '91, Director & Expert Counsel at Starbucks

Sponsored by the Department of Asian Languages and Literature

For more information contact asianll@uw.edu

The Department of Asian Languages and Literature invites all interested students to an informal presentation and questions and-answer session from a UW Jackson School and School of Law alumnus about his perspectives on careers in the field of Asian law. Mr. Chafee is a commercial attorney at Starbucks Coffee Company and was formerly a principal at Riddell Williams law firm in Seattle. He focuses on technology, corporate and securities transactions. He received his B.A. in Asian Studies from Dartmouth College, cum laude, in 1985. He has a Masters of International Studies in Japan Area Studies (1988) and a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law (1991). His course work included numerous classes in Japanese language and literature. Mr. Chafee was formerly with the Seattle firm of Lane Powell Spears Lubersky and served as a foreign legal consultant with Miyake Hatasawa and Yamasaki in Tokyo, Japan.

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The Great Transformation of Japanese Capitalism

Tuesday October 28, 2014
3:30-5:00 PM
Thompson Hall Room 317

Sébastien Lechavelier, L'École des Hautes Études (EHESS)

Sponsored by UW Japan Studies Program and made possible by the Job & Gertrud Tamaki endowment

For more information please contact japan@uw.edu

Contrary to the dominant vision which perceives Japan as suffering from "arthritis," an affliction that may have caused the long stagnation that began in the early 1990s,  Sébastien Lechavelier uses a political economy analysis at three levels (corporate, institution, and social compromise) to contend that Japanese capitalism has experienced a great transformation since the early 1980s. He argues that liberalization has come with increasing corporate diversity and inequalities.


Sébastien Lechevalier is Associate Professor at L’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris). He is also President of Fondation France Japon de l’EHESS (EHESS Paris日仏財団) and director of the French network of Asian Studies (GIS “Asie”). His research focuses on the Japanese economy, corporate diversity, evolution of welfare systems in Asia, and inequalities. His recent publications include: The Great Transformation of the Japanese Capitalism (Routledge, 2014; forthcoming in Japanese from Iwanami Shoten), “Bringing Asia into the Comparative Capitalism Perspective”, special issue of Socio Economic Review (co-edited with B. Amable, S. Casper & C. Storz, 2013), “Wage and Productivity Differentials in Japan. The role of Labor Market Mechanisms” (with Y. Kalantzis, & R. Kambayashi; Labour: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations, 2012). He will also edit a special issue of Review of World Economics on “Globalization and labor market outcomes: de-industrialization, job security, and wage inequalities” in 2015.

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November 2014

Natural and Unnatural Disasters: 3/11, Asbestos, and the Unmaking of Japan’s Modern World

Friday November 7, 2014
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Loctaion TBD

Brett Walker, Montana State University

Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program

For more information contact japan@uw.edu

The massive earthquake of 2011 unleashed a tsunami that swept away entire communities. Along with an enduring nuclear legacy, it also left an estimated 25 millions tons of rubble, much of it contaminated with asbestos and other carcinogenic toxins. Indeed, the unnatural disaster of cleaning up Japan’s pulverized and aerosolized built environment remained. This talk investigates asbestos in the construction and, more importantly, destruction of Japan’s built environment, with a focus on the impact of the 3/11 disaster and the later clean up. (Part of a larger Guggenheim-funded project concerned with the unmaking of the modern built world, and what it means for the future of human health.)


Brett L. Walker is Regents Professor and Michael P. Malone Professor of History at Montana State University, Bozeman. His research and teaching interests include Japanese history, world environmental history, and the history of science and medicine. He is author of The Conquest of Ainu Lands: Ecology and Culture in Japanese Expansion, 1590-1800, The Lost Wolves of Japan, Toxic Archipelago: A History of Industrial Disease in Japan, and the forthcoming A Concise History of Japan, from Cambridge University Press. He has also co-edited two volumes. He spends most of his time in southwestern Montana and the San Juan Islands, where he enjoys the outdoors.

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Translating Murakami Haruki

Friday November 14, 2014
5:00-6:30 PM
Location TBD

Anna Zielinska-Elliott, Boston University

Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program

For more information please contact japan@uw.edu

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Yamagiwa and the Origins of Chemical Carcinogenesis

Friday November 21, 2014
3:30-5:00 PM
Allen Library, Allen Auditorium

James Bartholomew, Emeritus Professor Ohio State University

Sponsored by he UW Japan Studies Program and Seattle Art Museum Garden Center for Asian Art and Ideas. Bartholomew will also present at the Seattle Art Museum November 22 in the Stimson Auditorium. For ticket information visit: http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/GardenCenter/default.asp

For more information please contact japan@uw.edu


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December 2014

Griffith and Patricia Way Lecture 2014 *** SAVE THE DATE ***

Wednesday December 3, 2014
7:00 PM
Kane Hall 225

Daniel H. Foote, Professor of Law University of Washinton and University of Tokyo

Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program and made possible by the Griffith and Patricia Way Lecture Endowment

For more information contact japan@uw.edu

Check back for more information to posted soon including registration information. 

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Doubled Languages and the Divided “I” in the Early Fiction of Kim Talsu

Friday December 5, 2014
3:30-5:00 PM
Location TBD

Christina Yi, University of British Columbia

Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program

For more information please contact japan@uw.edu

The unconditional surrender of Japan to the Allied Powers in 1945 introduced a decisive discursive break for what had previously been an empire spanning across Northeast and Southeast Asia. The Allied Occupation of Japan (1945–1952) witnessed lasting changes not only in the political arena, but also in the ways “Japan” and “the Japanese” themselves were defined and discussed. This talk illuminates some of these postwar changes – as well as some prewar continuities – by looking at the writings of Kim Talsu (1919–1997), one of the most prominent zainichi (resident Korean) writers of his generation. Born in Korea but raised primarily in Japan, Kim remained in Japan after the war and became heavily involved in leftist politics and literary culture there. While his post-1945 fiction celebrated the end of the Japanese empire, the forms those narratives took ironically underscored the impossibility of fully separating the colonial from the “post”-colonial.



Christina Yi is Assistant Professor of Modern Japanese Literature at the University of British Columbia. In 2011, Christina was awarded the William F. Sibley Memorial Translation Prize for her translation of Kim Saryang’s “Tenma” (Pegasus). She is currently working on a book manuscript that investigates how linguistic nationalism and national identity intersect in the formation of modern literary canons in East Asia.

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