MONDAY • JULY 11 • 7:00PM
Andrea Gevurtz Arai and Davinder Bhowmik
The Strange Child: Education and the Psychology of Patriotism in Recessionary Japan & Islands of Protest: Japanese Literature from Okinawa(STANFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS) (UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI'I PRESS)
U District store
Discussion & Book Signing
A lecturer in Japan and East Asian Studies and an associate professor of Japanese at the University of Washington, Andrea Gevurtz Arai and Davinder Bhowmik explore different aspects of modern Japanese society in their latest books. In The Strange Child, Arai examines the influence of the Japanese financial crisis of the 1990s on Japan's youth and the altered life conditions, ideologies, and national identities of their recessionary generation. In Islands of Protest, Bhowmik paints a picture of Okinawa's distinct culture—influenced by both its subtropical landscape and U.S. military presence—through a collection of modern works of Okinawan poetry, fiction, and drama. Arai and Bhowmik will join us for a discussion of their books, their intersection, and the relationship between writing and teaching their work.
Andrea Gevurtz Arai is a cultural anthropologist and Lecturer in Japan and East Asian Studies at the University of Washington.
Davinder Bhowmik is a japanese professor at University of Washington.