Wednesday, December 16: “The Many Worlds of Yamaguchi Yoshiko”

http://weai.columbia.edu/wednesday-december-16-the-many-worlds-of-yamaguchi-yoshiko/

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This multidisciplinary mini-workshop explores the life of Yamaguchi Yoshiko (1920–2014), a Japanese actress, singer, and politician whose remarkably resilient career spanned multiple culture industries, ethnic identifications, and strategic self-reinventions. Audiences in Japan’s wartime empire were introduced to Yamaguchi as the “Manchurian” starlet Li Xianglan (李香蘭; Japanese pronunciation: Ri Kōran), performer of the hit song “China Nights.” In the Fifties, Americans would make her acquaintance as “Shirley Yamaguchi” in such Hollywood B-films as Japanese War Bride as well as, in a more highbrow context, the partner and muse of sculptor Isamu Noguchi. And in postwar Japan, Yamaguchi made her reputation anew as a Diet politician, journalist, and advocate of reparations for Korean “comfort women” (military sex-slaves). Yamaguchi’s passing last year provides a timely occasion to assess her legacy across the multiple cultural and historical terrains her life traversed.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
International Affairs Building, Room 918

Co-sponsored by the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture and the Center for Korean Research

PROGRAM SCHEDULE:

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM (PRE-EVENT CONDUCTED IN JAPANESE):

COLD WAR CULTURE IN JAPAN: RECENT RESEARCH PERSPECTIVES

Panelists:

Hideto Tsuboi (Nichibunken / International Research Center for Japanese Studies)

Kōji Toba (Waseda University)

Chair: Tomi Suzuki (Columbia University)

Graduate students are encouraged to attend. Discussion will be in English and Japanese.

4:00 PM – 7:30 PM: THE MANY WORLDS OF YAMAGUCHI YOSHIKO: AN INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP

SESSION ONE (4:00 PM – 4:30 PM)

“Musical Exercise”
Miki Kaneda (Boston University)

SESSION TWO (4:30 PM – 5:30 PM)

Keynote Lecture: “The Colonial Reception of Ri Kōran’s Films in Korea and Taiwan”
Naoki Watanabe (Musashi University)

Comments
Dan Shao (University of Illinois)

SESSION THREE (5:45 PM – 7:30 PM)

Roundtable: “Encounters with Ri Kōran / Shirley Yamaguchi / Li Xianglan / Yamaguchi Yoshiko”

Kim Brandt (Columbia University)
Hikari Hori (Columbia University)
Greg Pflugfelder (Columbia University)
and others

General Discussion