Topic 1: Politics and Freedom of Speech (17:30-19:00)
Speaker: Miki Dezaki (Sophia University)
“Racism in Japan: My experience with the netto-uyoku and censorship”
Rio Uehara, Yoshitake Yano, Makoto Ouchi
Topic 2: Media and Representation (19:15-20:45)
Speaker: Baye McNeil (Author, lecturer, activist)
“Black in Japan: Defining and Disseminating "Blackness" in Japan”
Erika Sawada, Fuyuka Sato, Riku Shimada
Topic 3: Education (17:30-19:00)
Speaker: Ryuko Kubota (University of British Columbia)
“Myths and realities of global business communication: Insights from Japanese corporate workers’ experiences in Asia”
Manako Mukai, Hayato Yamada, Yvonne Koh
Topic 4: Choices and Strategies in Business, Politics and Fashion (19:15-20:45)
Speaker: Alexandra Hambleton (Bunkyo Gakuin University)
“Foolish or Free? Women and Consumer Culture in Contemporary Japan ”
Chen Xirui, Sayaka Yanagi, Tomoya Nishira
Miki Dezaki is a graduate student in the Graduate Program in Global Studies at Sophia University. He worked as a teacher for the Japan Exchange Teaching Program for five years in Yamanashi and Okinawa. He is known as "Medamasensei" on Youtube, where he has made comedy videos and videos on social issues in Japan. In 2013, his video on "Racism in Japan" was met with a huge backlash by the netto-uyoku, Japanese internet neo-nationalists, in an attempt to censor the video. He is currently working on documentary film on the comfort women issue.
Baye McNeil is an author, columnist, lecturer and activist, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He is the author of two critically-acclaimed books on life in Japan, and his column, “Black Eye”— featured in The Japan Times— focuses on the image of “blackness” in Japan and the lives of people of color from the African continent and the diaspora living in Japan. He currently resides in Yokohama.
Ryuko Kubota is a Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education in the Faculty of Education at University of British Columbia, Canada, where she teaches courses on applied linguistics and teacher education in English as an additional language and modern languages. Previously, she has taught at secondary schools in Japan and in higher education in the United States. Her research draws on critical approaches to applied linguistics and second language education, focusing on race, culture, and language ideology. She has many publications, including two volumes of Japanese translation of her work, which are published by Kuroshio Shuppan.
Alexandra Hambleton received a Ph.D. in Information Studies from the University of Tokyo, and is currently an assistant professor at the Faculty of Foreign Studies, Bunkyo Gakuin University. She is the author of Women and Sexual Desire in the Japanese Popular Media (2012) and When Women Watch: The Subversive Potential of Female Friendly Pornography (2016).