115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Japanese Visual Culture

Session Chair: 
David John Boyd, University of Glasgow (Scotland)
Session 9: Sunday 8:15 – 9:45 am
Henry 102


  1. Kaori Mori Want, Konan Women's University
    Mixed race characters are quite popular and visible in Japanese visual culture. This paper will examine mixed race characters in Japanese visual culture, and argue their popularity and visibility with reference to various theoretical frameworks such as theory on the Other, monstrosity theory, critical mixed race theory, etc.
  2. Yuki Namiki, Tokyo Kasei University
    This presentation examines artistic works by Aida Makoto (1965-) who works with the trope of social memory and historical trauma in popular culture. His Monument for Nothing series are discussed focusing on the ways in which these compositions could make historical trauma in a society’s collective memory visible. 
  3. Jon Holt, Portland State University
    Umezu Kazuo created horror comics for young audiences, drawing monster stories that opened readers’ eyes to the ugliness of contemporary Japan. Through child characters, Umezu ridiculed the hypocrisy of this emerging economic giant.  I explore Umezu’s fetishistic reliance on eye close-ups to understand how his children’s manga critiqued social norms.
Session Cancelled: