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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.
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?

Anime Fan Fiction HistoryCollapse )
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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.  
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?

Cut for image.Collapse )

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.
06:54am 16/02/2005
  Boston Globe article about how Hollywood loves to remake Asian films.  
04:08pm 25/09/2004
  for those of you who are interested in cantopop and mandarin pop.
there's a new chinese online radio website that some friends of friends started. the site is in english so it's okay if you can't read chinese. lol. just click on the lil winamp, mediaplayer, realplayer, or itunes icon to listen to the livestream.


make some suggestions or request some songs. i'm sure they'd love to hear from you. help make the site yours as they're still in the beginning stages so i'm sure they're aiming to please.

this has been cross-posted to a couple of places. i'm sorry if you're seeing this more than once.
Asian comedy 
10:21pm 16/08/2004

Ok for those of you who are fans of Asian comedies like My sassy girl, Leave it to the nurse's, My tutor friend, ect. you need to join this community


Anime Recommendations for Neophytes 
12:08am 25/07/2004
mood: working
Next week, two classmates and I will give a presentation on Mononoke Hime to our East Asian cinema class. I would like to provide the class with a list of recommended anime titles for further viewing. Because most of our classmates are (surprisingly) unfamiliar with anime, I thought it would be helpful to provide some familiar point of comparison for each title.

My original idea was to compare anime titles with mainstream live-action films. (e.g. Someone who likes The Matrix would probably enjoy Ghost in the Shell.) But anime is not always comparable to live-action film. For example, I absolutely must recommend Revolutionary Girl Utena, but nothing really compares to it.

Next, I had the slightly less original idea of simply listing each title by genre — horror over here, family films over there — but anime is such a genre-busting medium that this soon proved impractical. For example, is Slayers comedy or fantasy? Is Chobits romantic comedy or science-fiction? (Also, someone who rents Chobits expecting a formulaic romantic comedy might find the idea of "persocoms" a little creepy.)

Still, I would like to convey some sense of what each title entails, without having to summarize each and every plot. ("He's a millionaire playboy searching for his past. She's his ill-tempered android ward. THEY FIGHT CRIME!")

Actually, I thought of a third option as I was writing this. I just remembered that Animerica magazine uses symbols to indicate the genre(s) and content of particular titles. I think that such a system might be my best bet...

...but I'd still like to hear your suggestions. Symbols? Summaries? Something else entirely? Or, if you would like to suggest a title for the list, please feel free. No Miyazaki, though, since we'll be handing out his filmography separately.
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12:54am 09/06/2004
mood: thoughtful
Hey I'm kinda new to the whole LJ thing and don't have any friends to talk to jpop about on my friend list
Anyone wanna add me?
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01:26pm 15/05/2004
  I'm on the look out for some kool J-Pop artists/bands to get into. I love listening to any style of music and I'd be super-duper pleased if you could recommend some brilliant J-Pop/J-Rock bands/artists to get me started.

Thanks for any help :)
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question about visual kei. 
10:35pm 12/05/2004
  i'm currently writing a paper on takarazuka, and i want to compare some aspects of it to visual kei. i've found enough information on it, except for one thing - i'm wondering if there's much controversy surrounding it (from the stuff that i've read, it doesn't really seem to be that controversial, but i wanted to check). i'm especially interested in controversy surrounding the cross-dressing aspect and the rumors of homosexual relationships between band members. have there been a lot of opinion articles/editorials/regular articles written on visual kei in japan, like there have been with takarazuka in the past? if there are any such articles, when were they written? was visual kei more controversial at the beginning (for example, with the entrance of x-japan)? is it more or less accepted now? what's the general attitude about it in the minds of most adults? if you know of any news articles or articles in general written on it, do you know where i could find them?

thanks a TON!

(cross-posted everywhere - sorry :P)
Followup to that Marty Friedman mention of Aya Matsuura and Tsunuku in Guitar World 
05:41pm 10/05/2004
  Last month, those of you in the MoMusu/H!P/girlpop communities and on my LJ friends list remember when I mentioned a Guitar World article wherein ex-Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman mentioned Aya Matsuura's "Ne-e?" as one of his favorite songs (and proceeded to proclaim Tsnuku to be "a genius" in the same paragraph). Well, after seeing that article, I e-mailed Guitar World's "Sounding Board" (reader's letters) section mentioning my apprecation of Friendman-san's comments. I got this month's Guitar World this afternoon, and the letter made this month's "Sounding Board" - the longest letter printed in this issue! Here's a scan of the letter, as it appears in the magazine:

My letter to Guitar World, in print!Collapse )

(Crossposted at momusu, morningmusume, miracle_night, hello_news, girlpop, asiapop_academy, japan_music)
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research question 
10:23am 28/04/2004
  Hi fellow scholars,

I'm doing my thesis this summer on Japanese textbook reform and the controversial pictures taken of atrocities at Nanjing (which people like 小林よしのり of 戦争論 fame and the right-wing society for textbook reform say is bunk). If anyone has any article or book suggestions about the textbook reform push or the Japanese response to Nanjing, I'd be very grateful.

What do people think about the move for textbook reform anyway? Has anyone seen the literature circulated by the Japanese Society for Textbook Reform?

Cross-posted in asianstudies and japanophile
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What song? 
05:40pm 05/04/2004

Can anyone tell me what song these guys are dancing to?

Plus, can anyone tell why this song inspired them to make a music video?

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