March 2010 Archives

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Time: 4:00-6:00
Date: March 29, Monday
Place: 140 Nolte Center

Free tea and a sweet will be served

Co-sponsored by the Institute of Linguistics, ESL and Slavic Languages and Literatures,
Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, Department of Anthropology, and the Institute
for Advanced Study.

SYMPOSIUM JAPANESE FOOD: THE VERBAL & NONVERBAL EXPERIENCE

Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Time: 5:15-8:00pm
Place: 235 Nolte Center, University of Minnesota

Co-sponsored by the Institute of Linguistics, ESL and Slavic Languages and
Literatures, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, Department of
Anthropology, and the Institute for Advanced Study.

Japan and Italy have both been categorised as 'late-comer' immigration
countries but very little comparative research has been been conducted
on their respective immigration experiences.  While both countries are
affected by factors conducive to the recruitment of migrant labour
(eg. low fertility rates, an ageing population and a growing scarcity
of labour for unskilled jobs) the two countries have implemented
different immigration policy preferences.  This paper will consider
how gender ideology has informed immigration policy and practice to
produce different flows of female migrants in the two countries -
'entertainers' in Japan and live-in domestic workers in Italy.

Presenter: Jacqueline Andall, Senior Lecturer in Italians Studies, University of Bath
Date: April 21, 2010
Time: 3:30-5:00
Place: 308 Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota
Hosted by the Immigration History Research Center and the Institute for Global Studies

German writer/poet Yoko Tawada at U ofM

On March 29, we will host one of today's most exciting German- and Japanese-language writers. Yoko Tawada holds Japan's prestigious Akutagawa Prize and in 1996 won the Adalbert-von-Chamisso Prize, a German award recognizing foreign writers for their contributions to German culture. In 2005, she also won the Goethe Award, one of Germany's most renowned literary prizes. A poet, novelist, and writer of short fiction Yoko Tawada came to writing as a young girl. By age fifteen, she began writing novels. At age twenty-two, after college and after studying German out of respect for European master writers such as Thomas Mann, she traveled to Hamburg, Germany. Five years later, she published her first German poems. Known for engaging performances, she has done more than 750 readings across Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Africa. Her English publications include the novels: The Bridegroom Was a Dog (1998); Where Europe Begins (2002); Facing the Bridge (2007); and The Naked Eye (2009).

Yoko Tawada will do a public reading on March 29 over the lunch hour.

Date: 3/29/2010
Time: 12:00 noon to 1:15 PM
Location: 135 Nicholson Hall (East Bank)
Co-sponsors: CSCL, ALL, GSD

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