Thirty Years of Sisterhood

On the US tour of a Japanese documentary film by Yamagami Chieko and Seyama Noriko, "Thirty Years of Sisterhood: Women of the 1970s Women's Liberation Movement in Japan" in Feb. 2006.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

University of Michigan event - Feb 21(Tue)



Yale University event - Feb 15 (Wed)

panel participants, with Bill Kelly, Chris Gerteis, and Karen Nakamura

Yale University photos





Friday, February 17, 2006

Cedar Rapids airport



At Cedar Rapids airport, with Robin of U Iowa. Robin chaired the panel discussion at the U Iowa event.

Grinnell College event


With Miho, Johanna, Kirby, Marnie, and Ian of Grinnell College.

U Chicago event photos!


Wednesday, February 15, 2006

The Libbers @ Barney's Grinnell Farm



Thursday, February 09, 2006

Lib Tour started at U Chicago!


Today, the Libbers from Japan visited "Feminist Struggles in Japan" class at U Chicago. The photo from the class!

Lib Poster @ Grinnell




Review by Kay Nguyen-Le '07, Grinnell College

I took a literature class with Miho in Grinnell last fall (Japanese Modern Films & Fictions) and have been fascinated with all the readings. Apparently Japanese contemporary issues such as labor, class, gender have inspired such artistically accomplished works and I want to know more about that. It was at first a curiosity that prompted me to take the class, but afterward I came to truly embrace this dynamic culture in a thorough, direct and active way, because what I learn helps me enormously in my thinking and writing. Therefore , when Miho told me about the “30 years of Sisterhood” project in which I can participate and experience first hand the spirit of activism in Japan, I jumped at the opportunity to help her with the hosting task. In some way, I feel honored that Grinnell is among the hosts for these powerful women and that Grinnell can be a good host for them. Grinnell College is a little liberal arts college in a little Iowan town, one hour East from the capital Des Moines. Blessed with bountiful resources and a long tradition of social activism, Grinnell offers its student body of less than 1,600 excellent opportunities to celebrate campus diversity. The first college in the Midwest to admit women, Grinnell now has various thriving multicultural groups such as the the International Student Organization (ISO), the Feminist Action Coaliation (FAC), the Asian Students Assocciation (ASIA), the Stonewall Resource Center (StoneCo) for the GLBT community, and most recently, we welcome a new publication on multicultural issues called the Salad. With much excitement for the well organized tour, we watched “30 Years of Sisterhood” in advance and it struck me as intimate and endearing. Each of the women takes turn telling their own story, but in such a personal way that history becomes vivid and full of life right in front of me. I like the flow, naturally introducing all the libbers, then the stories in their own words, sandwiched with telling flashbacks about the sizzling days of the revolution. What is interesting to know is the political identity of the Women’s Liberation Movement itself, as separate from even the most radical movements of the time such as the student leftist movement. I’m very much empowered by the images of the libbers still continue living out their own belief after all this time, forming an inspiring bond of sisterhood. The realistic mood of the film also prompts several questions and reflections that I’d love to discuss with these women once they’re on campus, such as the resources they drew on to organize such fantastic liberation camps, or the inspiration and method of their publication enterprises. Overall, I’m surprised with how the directors could use conventional documentary film language in such a different and refreshing way to portray these women. The whole film feels like a dear walk down the memory lane, full of hopes and enthusiasm to pass on to the younger generation of female activists. Such raw energy is hard to come across these days when feminist activism seems contrite or out of fashion. I’m really excited to meet with these relentless freedom fighters!

*My name is Kay Nguyen-Le. I'm a third year art history major from Saigon, Vietnam. Last year I took a year off to work on an independent film project as screenwriter and assistant to the director. The film, "1735 km", is a coming of age romantic comedy of two young people travelling across Vietnam. I'm currently working on a screenplay about the quest for the lunar new year spririt in a household. I love thick books and strawberry pocky sticks.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Newest tour details

Expanded Tour: US Premiere of 30 Years of Sisterhood--Women in the 1970s Women's Liberation Movement in Japan-- with Panel Discussions at 11 Midwest and East Coast Locations

We are pleased to welcome Boston College to the tour.

Please join us for the screening followed by a panel discussion of 30 Years of Sisterhood: Women in the 1970s Women's Liberation Movement in Japan (co-directed by Chieko Yamagami & Noriko Seyama, documentary: 57 min. 2004) at any of 11 locations in February. Starting with the University of Chicago, the tour's main host, the directors and several of the Women's Lib activists featured in the film will visit the University of Iowa, Grinnell College, Yale University, the LGBT Community Center and Bluestockings Books in New York City, Boston College, the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Washington University in St. Louis.


Feb 10 (Fri) University of Chicago

12:15-1:30 pm: Center for Gender Studies Brown Bag Lunch Series (5733 S. University)

Screening and discussion of Dear Tari: Tari Ito - A Performance Artist's Quest of Sexuality (documentary/42min/2001) with the director, Chieko Yamagami


2-3:30 pm: Center for Gender Studies (5733 S. University)

"The Conceptual Formation of Chinese Women's Studies: 'Female Consciousness'(josei ishiki) and 'Localization' (hondoka) as Keywords"
Yoko Akiyama (Professor of Chinese/Women's Studies at Surugadai University) in Art and Politics of East Asia Workshop http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/apea/


4-7 pm: Film Studies Center Auditorium (Cobb Hall 307, 5811 S. Ellis Ave.)

Screening and discussion of 30 Years of Sisterhood

Panelists:

Chieko Yamagami (Co-director of 30 Years of Sisterhood)
Noriko Seyama (Co-director of 30 Years of Sisterhood)
Yoko Akiyama (Professor of Chinese/Women's Studies at Surugadai University)
Yumi Doi (Writer)
Soko Miki (Professor of English/Women's Studies at Kyoto Seika University)
Norma Field (Professor of Japanese Studies, University of Chicago)

Opening remarks by Susan Burns (Associate Professor of Japanese History, University of Chicago)
Introduction by Tomomi Yamaguchi (Post-doctoral scholar, Center for East Asian Studies, University of Chicago)
Translation by Mika Endo (Graduate Student, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago)


Feb 11 (Sat) University of Iowa

4 pm: 140 Schaeffer Hall

Screening and discussion of 30 Years of Sisterhood

Panelists:

Chieko Yamagami
Noriko Seyama
Yoko Akiyama
Yumi Doi
Soko Miki
Moderated by Robin Tierney (Graduate Student, Department of Cinema Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Iowa)
Introduction by Tomomi Yamaguchi


Feb 12 (Sun) Grinnell College

2-5 pm: Auditorium (ARH 302)

Screening and discussion of 30 Years of Sisterhood

Panelists:

Chieko Yamagami
Noriko Seyama
Yoko Akiyama
Yumi Doi
Soko Miki
Johanna Meehan (Associate Professor of Philosophy, Grinnell College)
Kirby L. Ramstad ‘08 (Student, Philosophy and Gender and Women's Studies, Grinnell College)
Moderated by Miho Matsugu (Assistant Professor of Japanese, Grinnell College)
Introduction by Tomomi Yamaguchi
Translation by Marnie Jorenby (Assistant Professor of Japanese, Grinnell College)


Feb 13 (Mon) Grinnell College

4:15-6 pm: Main Lounge

Workshop with Woolala Satoko (Filmmaker) and screening of Queer Boys and Girls on SHINKANSEN (2004-2005, 59 min. Japanese with English subtitles) including Woolala’s “wrap! rap!-10 CS3-” (4 min.)

"Japanese Queer Filmmaking and Its Political Goals"

Joined by D. Rita Alfonso (Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Gender Studies, Grinnell College), Adrienne Klein '08 (Student, Political Science and Russian, Grinnell College, co-leader of Stonewall Coalition), Kay Nguyen-Le '07 (Student, Art, Grinnell College) and Miho Matsugu

Translation by Richard Cleaver (Grant Writer, Grinnell College)


Feb 15 (Wed) Yale University

4:30 pm: Room 102, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street

Screening and discussion of 30 Years of Sisterhood

Panelists:

Chieko Yamagami
Noriko Seyama
Yoko Akiyama
Yumi Doi
Soko Miki
Karen Nakamura (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Yale University)
Christopher Gerteis (Postdoctoral Associate, Japanese History, Yale University)
Chaired by William Kelly (Professor of Anthropology, Yale University)
Introduction and translation by Tomomi Yamaguchi


Feb. 16 (Thu) The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in New York City

7pm: LGBT Community Center (208 West 13th Street, 212-620-7310, http://www.gaycenter.org)

Admission: $10 (free for those who show NYU student ID)

Screening and panel discussion of 30 years of Sisterhood

Panelists:

Chieko Yamagami
Noriko Seyama
Yoko Akiyama
Yumi Doi
Soko Miki
Woolala Satoko
Keith Vincent (Assistant Professor of Japanese Literature, New York University)

Translation by Yuko Ohnaka (Interpreter)
Music by MASA (Jazz Saxophonist)

Contact: Tel & Fax 212-722-3753 E-mail Sisterhood21605@aol.com

Feb 17 (Fri) Boston College

Screening and discussion of 30 Years of Sisterhood

1 pm: McGuinn Auditorium (Room 121)

Screening and panel discussion of 30 years of Sisterhood

Panelists:

Chieko Yamagami
Noriko Seyama
Yumi Doi
Franziska Seraphim (Assistant Professor of Japanese History, Boston College)
Others TBA

Feb 19 (Sun) Bluestockings Books

7pm: Bluestockings Books (172 Allen Street, 1 block south of Houston and 1st Avenue between Stanton and Rivington, http://www.bluestockings.com/)

Admissions: $10

Screening and discussion of 30 Years of Sisterhood

Panelists:

Chieko Yamagami
Noriko Seyama
Yoko Akiyama
Yumi Doi
Soko Miki
Woolala Satoko
Yuriko Yamaki (Journalist)

Translation by Noriko Matsumoto (Graduate Student, Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center)

Contact: Tel & Fax 212-722-3753 E-mail WomynJazz@aol.com



Feb 21 (Tue) University of Michigan

6 pm: Room 1636 School of Social Work Building

Screening and discussion of 30 Years of Sisterhood

Panelists:

Chieko Yamagami
Noriko Seyama
Yoko Akiyama
Soko Miki
Livia Monnet (Professor of Comparative Literature, Film and Media Studies, University of Montreal)
Chaired by Jennifer Robertson (Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan)
Introduction by Tomomi Yamaguchi and Bethany Grenald (Graduate Student, Anthropology, University of Michigan)



Feb 23 (Thu) University of Minnesota

4 pm: Room 125 Nolte Center for Continuing Education, Minneapolis Campus

Screening and discussion of 30 Years of Sisterhood

Panelists:

Chieko Yamagami
Noriko Seyama
Soko Miki

Chaired by Mark Anderson (Assistant Professor of Japanese Literature, University of Minnesota)

Introduction by Tomomi Yamaguchi



Feb 27 (Mon) University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

"Viewing Feminist History in Japan"

9:30 am: Asian American Studies Program, Conference Room, 1208 W. Nevada

Screening and discussion of Ripples of Change (directed by Nanako Kurihara, 1993) and 30 Years of Sisterhood

Panelists:

Chieko Yamagami
Noriko Seyama
Soko Miki
Siobhan Sommerville (Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies, UIUC)
Becky Nickerson (Graduate Student, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UIUC)
Akiko Takeyama (Graduate Student, Anthropology, UIUC)
James Welker (Graduate Student, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UIUC)

Chaired by Karen Kelsky (Head of Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Associate Professor of EALC and Anthropology, UIUC)

Introduction by Tomomi Yamaguchi



Feb 28 (Tue) Washington University in St. Louis (WUSL)

3pm: CROW 201, Reception to follow

Screening and discussion of 30 Years of Sisterhood

Panelists:

Chieko Yamagami
Noriko Seyama
Soko Miki
Rebecca Copeland (Director of East Asian Studies Program; Associate Professor of Japanese Language and Literature, WUSL)
Linda Nicholson (Director of Women and Gender Studies Program; Stiritz Distinguished Professor of Women's Studies and History, WUSL)
Lori Watt (Assistant Professor of History, WUSL)

Moderated by Barbara Baumgartner (Associate Director of Women and Gender Studies Program, WUSL)

Introduction and translation by Tomomi Yamaguchi


All events in this tour will be filmed by Woolala Satoko.

This tour is sponsored by the following departments and centers at participating institutions:

University of Chicago: Japan Committee of the Center for East Asian Studies, Statler Fund - Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Center for Gender Studies, Arts and Politics of East Asia Workshop, Human Rights Program

University of Iowa: Center for Asian and Pacific Studies

Grinnell College: Gender and Women's Studies Concentration (GWS), Center for International Studies (CIS), The Rosenfield Program, East Asian Studies Concentration (EASC), The Freeman Foundation, Cultural Film Series Committee

Yale University: Council on East Asian Studies

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center (NYC)

Boston College: Women's Studies Program, Asian Studies Program, Newton College Alumnae Chair, Film Studies Program, Department of History

Bluestockings Books (NYC)

University of Michigan: Center for Japanese Studies, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Women's Studies Program

University of Minnesota: Institute for Advanced Study, Department of Women's Studies, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, Department of History, Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Institute of Communications Research, Gender and Women's Studies Program, Asian Educational Media Services

Washington University in St. Louis: Visiting East Asian Professionals (VEAP) Program, Women and Gender Studies Program


Contacts: Tomomi Yamaguchi (tomomiy@uchicago.edu ) or Miho Matsugu (matsugum@grinnell.edu )
For New York events, please contact MASA (SwingMASA@aol.com)

For more information, please see our websites:

http://sisterhoodjapan.blogspot.com/ (in English)
http://sisterhood.exblog.jp/ (in Japanese)

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Tour Poster!

Friday, February 03, 2006

Boston College event - Feb 17 (Fri)

New event announcement!!

Boston College

Date: Feb 17 (Fri)
Time: 1pm~
Place: McGuinn Auditorium (Room 121)

Panelist info is to be announced soon. Stay tuned!