to Explore Japanese Perspectives on American Culture
College will host an all-day symposium on Saturday, Sept.
12, that will explore diverse dimensions of the cultural
ties between the United States and Japan. The theme of the
symposium is “Communicating
with Multicultural America: The View from Kyoto.”
The symposium is sponsored jointly
by , located in Kyoto, Japan, and the
, a study-abroad consortium of 15
American liberal arts colleges, including Smith. Free and
open to the public, the conference will take place from 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Neilson Library Browsing Room.
Panels will feature six Doshisha
University faculty members, who will provide Japanese perspectives
on diverse aspects of American culture, ranging from business
management styles to language and literature. Their presentations
will be followed by comments from discussants drawn from
The symposium topics and schedule
are as follows ():
Remarks by President Carol T. Christ, Smith College; President Eiji
Hatta, Doshisha University; Chair James C. Dobbins, Associated
“America Centering on and Related to Nagai Kafu.” Masahiro Shindo, Faculty
of Letters. Discussant: Stephen Snyder, Middlebury College.
“Dialogue Across the Pacific.” Keiko Ikeda, American Studies. Discussant: John
Davis, Smith College.
“English Language Looks at Japanese Language and Vice Versa.” Nobuyuki Yamauchi,
Faculty of Culture and Information Science. Discussant: Wako
Tawa, Amherst College.
“Kyoto-Style Business and the American System of Globalization.” Yuzo Murayama,
School of Business. Discussant: Deborah Haas-Wilson, Smith
“Work/Life Balance in the United States and Japan.” Tsuyako Nakamura, Institute
for Language and Culture. Discussant: Joshua Roth, Mount
“Monocultural Japan, Multicultural USA?” Bruce White, Center for Japanese Language
and Culture. Discussant: Kathleen Woods Masalski, Five College
Center for East Asian Studies.
by Vice President Yasuhiro Kuroki, Doshisha University; James
C. Dobbins, Associated Kyoto Program.