Kamishibai (Paper Plays) And The Mobilization Of Women In Wartime Japan

Thursday, August 26, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives presents the Fanning the Flames Speaker Series. This third session is moderated by Kaoru (Kay) Ueda, curator of the Japanese Diaspora Collection at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives and presented by Sharalyn Orbaugh, Department Head and professor of Japanese Modern Literature and Popular Culture at the University of British Columbia.  The "Kamishibai (paper plays) and the Mobilization of Women in Wartime Japan” event is on Thursday, August 26, at 12:00 pm PDT.

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Participant Bios

Sharalyn Orbaugh
Sharalyn Orbaugh specializes in modern Japanese literature and popular culture and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at University of British Columbia where she also serves as head of the Asian Studies department. She is the author of Japanese Fiction of the Allied Occupation (Brill, 2007) and Propaganda Performed: Kamishibai in Japan’s Fifteen Year War (Brill, 2015) and editor of a forthcoming reference work, The Columbia Companion to Modern Japanese Literature. She received her PhD in Far Eastern Languages and Literatures from the University of Michigan, and spent six years at UC Berkeley before joining UBC in 1997.

Kaoru (Kay) Ueda
Kaoru (Kay) Ueda is the curator of the Japanese Diaspora Collection at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives. She curated many of the materials used in the Fanning the Flames book and exhibition. Ueda manages the Japanese Diaspora Initiative, endowed by an anonymous gift to promote the study of overseas Japanese history during the Empire of Japan period. She is the editor of On a Collision Course: The Dawn of Japanese Migration in the Nineteenth Century (Stanford, CA: Hoover Institution Press, 2020).


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