Date: Sunday, October 13th, 2019
Venue: The 7th Seminar Room, 2nd Floor, National Museum of Ethnology
10-1 Senri Expo Park, Suita, Osaka, Tel: +81-(0)6-6876-2151
13:00- Chair & Opening Remarks: Makito Minami, Professor, National Museum of Ethnology
13:10-13:30 Introduction of South Asian Films on “Japanese Wife”
by Kazuyo Minamide, Associate Professor, Kobe College, Japan
13:30-14:45 Film-screening Beyond the Borders (dir. Zakir Hossain Raju, 1995, 50 min) + Q&A
14:45-15:00 Tea Break
15:00-15:40 Framing the Identities of Japanese-South Asian Families: From Documenting International
Marriage to Studying the Mixed Generation
15:40-16:20 Growing up with mixed roots: Children of Japanese mothers and Pakistani fathers
by Masako Kudo, Professor, Kyoto Women’s University
Language: English (the Film Beyond the Borders is in Japanese with English subtitle)
Introduction of Presenters:
Dr. Zakir Hossain Raju is Professor and Head of the Dept. of Media and Communication at Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB). Currently, he is also the Director of the Centre for Social Science Research (CSSR) here. His publications include Bangladesh Cinema and National Identity: In Search of the Modern? (Routledge, London: 2015). He has published research papers on Bangladeshi, South Korean and Malaysian media and culture in journals including Comparative Studies in South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (CSSAAME), Screening the Past, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Cinemaya, and South Asian Journal. Dr. Raju also scripted and directed seven short and documentary films most of which were shown in international film festivals in USA, Germany, Australia, India, Malaysia, Romania, and Japan. His film Beyond the Borders about International marriage between Japanese wives and Bangladeshi husbands was awarded ‘Commendation of the Jury’ in European Anthropological Film Festival in Romania in 1997.
Dr. Masako Kudo is a sociocultural anthropologist and professor at Kyoto Women’s University. She has conducted longitudinal research among Japanese-Pakistani couples. Her current project concerns the socio-economic positions of the children of these marriages and the trajectories of their identity-formation in transnational spaces. Her recent publications include “Crafting Religious Selves in a Transnational Space: Japanese Women Who Converted to Islam upon Marrying Pakistani Migrants.” (in Noriko Ijichi et al. eds. Rethinking Representations of Asian Women: Changes, Continuity, and Everyday Life, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and “The Evolution of Transnational Families: Bi-national Marriages between Japanese Women and Pakistani Men,” Critical Asian Studies, 49 (1) (2017).