January 23, 2013
Dr. Nancy Abelmann
Drawing on the findings of an interdisciplinary collaborative study, Nancy Abelmann will discuss the University of Illinois's encounter with rapidly increasing numbers of Chinese and South Korean international undergraduate students beginning in the second half of the 2000s (The U of I is the U.S. public university with the largest number of international undergraduates). She considers how this transforming demography is affecting ideas about race, nation, and internationalization in the American university. Dr. Abelmann pays particular attention to the intra-ethnic encounter of Korean Americans and transnational South Koreans.
Nancy Abelmann Associate Vice Chancellor for Research -- Humanities, Arts, and Related Fields Harry E. Preble Professor of Anthropology, Asian American Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Akira Nishimura Religious Studies, Kagoshima University
Fulbright Visiting Scholar, University of Hawai`i
67 years have passed since the end of WWII; the events in that war are two generations ago. A large number of surviving Japanese veterans, who are around 90 years old, have been involved in battlefield pilgrimages and the recovery of the remains of the fallen as if the “spirits” of the dead remained on the sites. Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo is generally regarded as the main memorial site of the war dead on the national level. In this talk, I’d like to introduce two individual cases of veterans who have actively engaged in the battlefield tours in the Northern Mariana Islands and Myanmar. In each case, there appear to be different orientations towards passing on to next generations and of deepening exchange with the local residents in the former battle sites through the commemoration for their deceased comrades. We could understand their long-term commitment for the tours as grassroots efforts of postwar recovery.
AKIRA NISHIMURA is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Kagoshima University. He earned the Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo. He is the author of Postwar Japan and Spiritual Commemorations for the War Dead: Dynamism of Pacification and Inspiring (Yushi-sha, 2006) and won the 3rd Award of International Institute for the Study of Religions in 2007. He has several papers in English such as “Battlefield Pilgrimage and Performative Memory: Contained Souls of Soldiers in Sites, Ashes, and Buddha Statue” in Memory Connection Journal (online), vol.1, 2011; “Symbiosis or Segregation? : Dealing with the 'foreign' in Nagasaki” in Henn & Köpping eds., Rituals in an Unstable World: Embodiment-Hybridity-Identity, Peter Lang, 2008.
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