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Nissan Seminar: Repositioning Japan in the Multi-layered Diversity in Asia: The Launch of Asian Families and Intimacies
Speaker Abstract:

Today, amid a rapidly changing global world order, Japan lacks both a map and a compass to define itself and its future direction. The country has constructed its definition of the world and itself based on its impressive successes in modernization. As Japan’s self-definition has been constructed in relation to Asia, Japan’s redefinition of self also needs to be done alongside a redefinition of Asia. This presentation proposes a new framework for situating Japan and Asia in the world. The argument in this presentation is based on the chapters included in the Sage Major Work on “Asian Families and Intimacies” the outcome of our project to collect and share key texts in Asian academia in order to construct a foundation for direct academic collaboration in the Asian region. The new framework emerging from this attempt lets us move away from the dichotomy generated by the Western gaze, allowing us to see that Asia is not one single entity, nor a collection of several great civilizations, but a place of multi-layered diversity. We can redefine Japan as a society that incorporates this multi-layered Asian diversity. Collaboration with its Asian neighbours will open a way for Japan to better understand itself.

Speaker Information:

OCHIAI Emiko (落合恵美子) is a Japanese sociologist and is Professor of Sociology at Kyoto University, Japan.

Additional Information:

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Professor Roger Goodman
Professor Takehiko Kariya
Dr Natalia Doan

Mar 12, 2021 12:00 PM in London

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Ochiai Emiko
Professor of Sociology @Kyoto University
OCHIAI Emiko (落合恵美子) is a Japanese sociologist and is Professor of Sociology at Kyoto University, Japan. Her areas of interest are family and gender studies from historical and comparative perspectives. Her recent projects cover welfare state and migration to capture the simultaneous transformations in private lives and public institutions. Her English publications include Asian Families and Intimacies, 4 vols. (co-editorship with Patricia Uberoi, Sage, 2021), Transformation of the Intimate and the Public in Asian Modernity (co-editorship, Brill, 2014), Asian Women and Intimate Work (co-editorship, Brill, 2013). and The Stem Family in Eurasian Perspective: Revisiting House Societies, 17th-20th Centuries (co-editorship, Peter Lang, 2009). She is the series editor of The Intimate and the Public in Asian and Global Perspectives from Brill.