Images as Tools: A Workshop on Japanese Images and Identities for K–12 Teachers

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8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Saturday, April 2, 2011
Honolulu Academy of Arts
Honolulu, Hawaii

Sponsored by the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) and the Honolulu Academy of Arts (HAA)

From the Floating World of 17th- and 18th-century Edo prints to the alternate realities of 20th- and 21st-century anime, popular images of Japanese society and Japanese ethnic communities east to west reflect the social, economic, and political issues of their day. In prints and film, artists and filmmakers respond to changes around them, challenging images of the past and reinventing what it means to be Japanese and Japanese American. In this workshop, Japan specialists Paul Dunscomb and Melanie King will guide us in an exploration of this intricate web of images, tracing their roots over centuries and providing teaching tools for using images in the classroom to generate rich discussion of identity and change.

Forever Samurai and Geisha:
Visualizing 20th- and 21st-Century Japanese Ethnic Identities

Melanie King, Art History Instructor, Seattle Central Community College; NCTA seminar instructor, East Asia Resource Center, University of Washington

Images of What Never Was to Suggest What Might Be:
Japanese Popular Culture and Japanese-ness

Paul Dunscomb, Associate Professor of East Asian History, University of Alaska Anchorage; NCTA seminar instructor, Alaska

Gallery Tour of Ukiyo-e par Excellence at the Honolulu Academy of Arts
Exhibition of premier ukiyo-e of the Edo period (1615-1868)

The workshop is offered free of charge, thanks to funding by the Freeman Foundation to NCTA and the support of HAA. A certificate of completion will be issued to participants. Continental breakfast, snacks, and coffee/tea will be provided. For more information about the content of this workshop, e-mail

To register, visit

East Asia Resource Center
Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington

Office: Thomson Hall Rooms 302
Mail: UW Box 353650
Seattle WA, 98195

Phone: 206.543.1921
Fax: 206.685.0668

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