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Call for Reviews on Takarazuka's Twelfth Night and Epiphany 
09:41pm 16/06/2008
   Hi Everyone,

I'm a researcher on Shakespearean productions. I've done my PhD research on homoeroticism in Takarazuka productions of Twelfth Night and Epiphany (1999). Due to the lack of reviews on these productions, it's difficult to analyse the audience's responses for my thesis. I recently discovered that Takarazuka fans will share their views on performances on the Takarazuka Wikipedia and LiveJournal. I'm thinking here may be a great place to invite you to share your opinions on these two particualr performances. Anyone who have seen these productions are welcome to write about them. The length of your reviews is favourable from 500 to 1000 words. I will be interested in knowing your thoughts about the relationships between Viola and Orsino (Otaka and Iriya) or that between Viola and Olivia (Otaka and Mari). I'll acknowledge your names if your words are cited in my paper.  I hope to hear from you soon!

Sincerely yours,
Y. C.
Summer Program in Chinese Film History & Criticism at Beijing Film Academy 
10:52pm 18/03/2006
  I recently just discovered this unique, interesting and very cool, program: 1 month, 7 professors, 8 mini-courses, and 12 credits from the University of Washington to intensively study Chinese cinema at the Beijing Film Academy (http://faculty.washington.edu/yomi/bfa-uw.html):

"The program acquaints upper-level undergraduate and M.A. students with the history of Chinese cinema, with critical terms for discussing formal, institutional and ideological concerns, and with the Asian and global contexts of Chinese filmmaking. The intensive program includes eight mini-courses by leading Western and Chinese scholars as well as meetings with Chinese filmmakers. Other activities include weekly excursions in Beijing and vicinity. All classes are taught in English, to a student body from around the world. No knowledge of Chinese language is required."

Why is this such a great deal?

1) you study with 7 important international scholars/professors in the field of cinema
2) as the program is open to students worldwide, you have an equally nice chance to commune with a diverse group of fellow students
3) you have the opportunity to meet with Chinese directors and other producers of film in China and visit production sites
4) you receive 12 credits from the University of Washington at a cost that is less than half of what you would pay as an out of state student: the fee includes tuition, room, and all activities in and around Beijing.

There are no doubt other benefits as well depending on your own perspective. If you have any serious interest at all in this program, immediately email the program director because the deadline for applying has passed, but they will consider any late applicants who are serious about this wonderful opportunity (I have confirmed this with the director).

(In the interest of full disclosure, I should note that I will be doing this program.)

here is some additional information about the program:

Students will take all eight mini-courses:
1. Early Chinese cinema (Li Ershi, Beijing Film Academy)
2. Concepts in Chinese Film Criticism (Zhong Dafeng, Beijing Film Academy)
3. Studying Film Production in the PRC (Li Wei, Beijing Film Academy)
4. Chinese Cinema and the Nation (Chris Berry, University of London)
5. Cinematic Realisms (Mette Hjort, Lingnan University)
6. Globalism and Contemporary Cinema (James Tweedie, University of Washington)
7. Beijing in Film (Yomi Braester, University of Washington)
8. Film and Visual Culture in Contemporary China (Yomi Braester and James Tweedie, University of Washington)

Regular lectures will take place four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday), from 10 am to noon and 1 pm to 3 pm, followed by a film screening in the evening (a total of 8 mini-courses of 12 hours each).
At least once a week, an additional 2-hour class will be scheduled for meetings with film directors.
Guided excursions to locations around Beijing, ranging from tourist sites (including the Great Wall) to film locations (including the Beijing Film Studio lot). These excursions will typically take place once a week, for 5 to 8 hours, and occur on Wednesday or during the weekend.
Additional activities will include screenings at film theaters and drama performances (1-2 times a week).
To fully satisfy the course requirements, students must participate in all scheduled lectures and activities and write five 5-page papers, due on September 4.

To apply, simply send
1. A statement of purpose, explaining your interest in the program and detailing your academic background
2. A sealed letter of recommendation, by a teacher with whom you have studied, describing your academic aptitude and assessing your suitability for a study abroad program.
to the program director.
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Just passing this along... 
07:22pm 27/12/2005
  The York Centre for Asian Research will be hosting an international conference titled Asian Comics, Animation, and Gaming on May 18-19, 2006. The website contains information about the conference and the process of being invited as a speaker.  
Mechadema: Call for Papers 
12:58pm 09/11/2005
Call for Papers on Anime, Manga, and Related Arts

Mechademia is a new refereed journal from the University of Minnesota Press, for critical work on Japanese anime, manga, and the fan arts. We are currently seeking submissions on topics linked to manga or anime, as well as related material from fields like fashion, film studies, fine art, video game design, and international fan culture, among others. Mechademia's goal is to promote critical thinking, writing, art, and creative activity that can bridge the current gap between professional, academic, and fan communities and discourses. To this end, we seek contributions in a variety of formats, by authors from a wide range of backgrounds and fields. Contributors should endeavor to write across disciplinary boundaries, presenting their unique knowledge in all its sophistication, but with a broad audience in mind. Each issue will have a theme that will focus the conversation and connect different pieces, but we encourage contributors to interpret these themes broadly in order to keep the way open for new and original kinds of work. Superior submissions that fall outside the theme will also be considered if space permits.

Mechademia will appear annually starting in Fall 2006.

The first issue, "Worlds of Anime and Manga," will feature work that highlights the nexus of groups, practices, knowledges, and worlds that anime and manga have created. The essays connect these particular aesthetics to broader practices and social considerations. Submissions for this issue are now closed.

The theme of issue #2 (to appear in Fall 2007) is "Networks of Desire." This may be interpreted liberally and creatively: networks could be technological, social, economic, aesthetic, or other. Desire could embrace physical desire as well as consumption and gratification, nostalgic longing, political yearning, or existential hunger. And these suggestions are definitely not exhaustive. The submission deadline for issue #2 is January 2, 2006.

The theme of issue #3 (Fall 2008) is "Limits of the Human." The submission deadline will be in early 2007.

Further information is available on the journal's web site at http://mechademia.org.
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History of Anime Fan Fiction 
06:37am 18/05/2005
  Some one suggested I cross post this here... I was wondering if any one knew more about the history of anime fan fiction? These are the only dates for events I have and it just seems seriously empty... and needs more flushing out. Any one have anything related to add? Especially in terms of Yaoi, Yuri, influentional conventions that shaped fan fiction, discussions that happened various communities, histories of BNFs in various communities, when naming conventions happened?

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10:19am 13/05/2005
  Has anyone reported the recent onslaught of trolls to LJ? It's getting a bit ridiculous.  
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Loss of Limbs 
10:26am 26/04/2005
mood: curious
I'm new to the commmunity and have no background in East Asian Studies, but under the influence of friends in the past who were majors I've acquired a signficant interest in Japanese pop culture.

I was just curious about something I've observed in three anime series: Fullmetal Alchemist, Inuyasha, and Trigun. In each of these series there is a character (usually leading) that has lost an arm in some physically violent incident with a sibling. Edward Elric from FA loses his right arm (along with a leg) performing forbidden alchemy with his younger brother, Alphonse (who loses his entire body). Sesshomaru of Inu loses his left arm (paw) in a battle over Tetsusaiga with Inuyasha. In Trigun, Knives relieves Vash (his twin) of his left arm prior to the July City catastrophe.

Is there some sort of underlying symbolism or cultural significance to these occurrences of corporeal dismemberment, in particular amputation of an arm, while a sibling is present in a physically violent situation?

Thanks for any help you give! ;)
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03:18pm 08/04/2005
  Anyone hear of Wing here?
If not, go check her out and catch her free samples!
If so, join wingfans.
Korea's national hero...(This is *not* some April Fool's Day joke!) 
11:01am 01/04/2005
  Has been recast as an animated bishounen! Is this not one of the scariest, rabidly nationalistic and yet weirdly ahistorical moves you've ever seen?

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Yep, that's right, you're looking I Sun-shin, the famous Jeollanam-do admiral who repelled Japanese invasion of the Korean pennisula in the late 1500's with his famous armored "turtle ships." He's a national hero, and his statue, looking decidedly *less* hunky, stands at the center of Gwanghwamun square in Seoul.

What annoys me about this guy is that, well, he *died* for his cause, and that cause was getting rid of the Japanese. Moreover, he's really Korea's only war hero. It's as if all Americans remembered George Washington for was killing the British. *sighs* Is it so surprising, then, that Koreans are willing to die and sacrifice everything in the name of nationalism, but they can't quite figure out how to *live* for it and compromise?
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MSNBC article 
07:22am 11/03/2005
  Japan Embraces New Generation of Robots

MSNBC article about the more human-like generation of robots and the increasing number in Japan.