Intersections: Gender, History and Culture in the Asian Context
Issue 7, March 2002

Contributors to Intersections

Japan Past and Present: A Multidisciplinary Special Issue

Dr. Hélène Bowen-Raddeker is a Senior Lecturer in the School of History at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, where she teaches early to modern Japanese history. Currently, she convenes the Faculty of Arts and Social Science's interdisciplinary program in Women's and Gender Studies. Her publications include Treacherous Women of Imperial Japan: Patriarchal Fictions, Patricidal Fantasies (London and New York, Routledge, 1997).

Mick Broderick teaches Media Analysis at Murdoch University. He is author of Nuclear Movies (McFarland and Co. 1991) and editor of Hibakusha Cinema (Kegan Paul International, 1996; trans. Genai Shokan 1999), and is Associate Director of the Centre for Millennial Studies (Australia-Pacific branch) at the University of Sydney.

Chris Burgess is a British Ph.D. candidate at Monash University. He spent five years teaching and researching at Kitakyushu University in Japan before coming to Australia in April 2000. Following six months of fieldwork in Yamagata, Northeast Japan, he returned to Melbourne in March to finish writing up his thesis, provisionally entitled '(Re) Constructing Identity: Discourse and the Subject Construction of Long Term Foreign Residents in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan.'

Catherine Burns currently teaches courses on Japanese culture, society and history in the School of Languages and Linguistics, Griffith University. She recently gained her Ph.D. and the thesis is titled 'Judicial Narratives on Trial: Constructions of Sex, Gender and Sexuality in the Japanese Courtroom.' Her current research interests focus on the role of support groups in criminal and civil trials involving allegations of sexual violence and the construction of race and class in Japanese judicial decision-making. She has a chapter on gendered violence in Vera Mackie's forthcoming book, Gender, Power and Public Policy in Contemporary Japan, Routledge.

Dr. Sharon Chalmers holds a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Institute for Cultural Research at the University of Western Sydney. Her research is interdisciplinary and until recently has mainly focused on Japanese gender and sexuality. She has taught Japanese history and anthropology at Griffith University and the University of NSW. In 2001, she shifted her focus to research and to co-curate an exhibition Edges: Lesbian, Gay and Queer Lives in Western Sydney, an official component of the 2001 Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Cultural Festival. She is presently working on a project which examines a cultural interpretation of lesbian health and safety in western Sydney. Chalmers has a number of publications forthcoming including her book, Emerging Lesbian Voices from Japan, Surrey, Curzon Press.

Dr Yingchi Chu's teaching and research interests include Hong Kong Cinema, the Chinese Diaspora, Contemporary Chinese politics, society, media and cinema. Her book, Hong Kong Cinema is forthcoming (2002). She holds a joint position with Asian Studies and the School of Media, Communication and Culture at Murdoch University.

Jerry Clode is a doctoral candidate at Murdoch University's Asia Research Centre. He is currently writing a thesis on Chinese print media, in particular how new genres of news production contribute to secularisation and democratisation of China's political communication. Last year, Jerry's research formed the basis of an SBS radio feature on the current affairs program World View. His areas of research interest extend to Chinese television, cinema and popular culture. Jerry also contributes regularly to the local Chinese language press.

LeeRay M. Costa is currently an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. During her recent tenure as a Luce Fellow in Southeast Asian Studies at the Australian National University, she completed her Ph.D. dissertation entitled 'Developing Identities: The Production of Culture, Gender and Modernity in a Northern Thai Non-governmental Organization.' She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Thailand and her research interests include gender and sexuality, women and social movements, critical theories of development, NGOS, and globalisation.

Harriet Evans is Reader in Asian Studies at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster, London. She was educated at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies and Beijing University. She taught modern Chinese history in Mexico between 1979 and 1984. Her recent publications include Women and Sexuality in China: Discourses of Female Sexuality and Gender since 1949, Oxford: Polity Press,1997. She is co-editor (with Stephanie Donald) of Picturing Power in China: Posters of the Cultural Revolution, Boulder, Co.: Rowman & Littlefield,(1999), and is currently working on a new project about mothers and daughters in China.

Ronald Loftus teaches Japanese Language and East Asian History at Willamette University. For the last decade, his primary area of research has been women's self-writing in modern Japan. A book-length manuscript on this subject is nearing completion and his articles have appeared in the U.S.-Japan Women's Journal and Monumenta Nipponica. He has also published a number of articles on Taoka Reiun (1870-1912), a Meiji critic of modernisation. In 2000, he was a featured speaker at Kochi City's International Symposium commemorating the 130th anniversary of Taoka's birth.

Megan McKinlay recently completed her Ph.D. in contemporary Japanese literature at the University of Western Australia, where she tutors in the Department of Asian Studies. Her research interests include gender studies and cross-cultural analysis.

Narelle Morris is a doctoral candidate in Japanese Studies and a tutor in Asian Studies at Murdoch University. Her doctoral thesis focuses on the discourses of orientalism and the phenomenon of Japan-bashing in the United States and Australia in the 1980s and 1990s. Her research interests include cultural representations of the Other, particularly images of Japan in Western fiction, television and film and she is the author of 'Paradigm Paranoia: Images of Japan and the Japanese in American Popular Fiction of the Early 1990s,' in Japanese Studies 21, 1 (2001): 45-59.

James E. Roberson has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, has taught at universities in the United States and Japan, and currently teaches in the Department of Japanese and Korean Studies at the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia). He is co-editor (with Nobue Suzuki) of Men and Masculinities in Contemporary Japan: Dislocating the Salaryman Doxa (forthcoming, Routledge) and is author of Japanese Working Class Lives: An Ethnography of Factory Workers (1998, Routledge). His research interests focus on the intersections of identity construction and class, gender and ethnic marginalisation in contemporary Japan.

Elise K. Tipton teaches Japanese history and is Chair of Asian Studies in the School of European, Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her current research projects include the history of the Japanese birth control movement and the café in modern Japanese urban life. She is author of The Japanese Police State: The Tokkô in Interwar Japan (University of Hawaii and Allen and Unwin, 1991). Recently, she has edited Society and the State in Interwar Japan (Routledge, 1997) and co-edited Being Modern in Japan: Culture and Society from the 1910s to the 1930s (University of Hawaii and Australian Humanities Research Foundation, 2000). Modern Japan: A Social and Political History will be released by Routledge in mid-2002.

Royall Tyler retired recently from the Australian National University and is teaching at Harvard during the current US academic year. His major publications include Japanese Tales, New York: Pantheon, 1987; The Miracles of the Kasuga Deity, New York: Columbia University Press, 1990; Japanese Noh Dramas, London: Penguin, 1992; and The Tale of Genji, New York: Viking, 2001. He lives in rural New South Wales.

Nancy Victorin-Vangerud is Lecturer in Systematic Theology at Murdoch University and the Perth Theological Hall (Uniting Church). She has lived in Perth, Western Australia for five years, after completing her Ph.D. in Religion from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Last July, she travelled in the Visayas as part of a research team under the auspices of the Uniting Church of Christ in the Philippines. She is the author of The Raging Hearth: Spirit in the Household of God, St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2000.

Carol Warren teaches in the School of Asian Studies and is Coordinator of Development Studies at Murdoch University. She has carried out field research on social change among Bajau fishing people in Sabah, Malaysia and in recent years in rural communities in Bali and Lombok, Indonesia. Her research and teaching interests are focused on environment, community, and gender issues. She is author of Adat and Dinas: Balinese Communities in the Indonesian State (Oxford, 1993), and co-editor (with Phil Hirsch) of The Politics of Environment in Southeast Asia (Routledge, 1998). She is currently researching local land and resource conflicts in Indonesia.

Yongmei Wu is a Chinese specialist in Japanese Studies who got her Ph.D. from the University of Hong Kong. She is now a lecturer at the Beijing Center for Japanese Studies in Beijing Foreign Studies University. She has been a research fellow at the Social Work Research Institute of the Japan College of Social Work. Her research interests include Cross-Cultural Aging Research in Japan and China; Japanese Politics and Welfare Policy; Asian Welfare Models; Gender; Family; and Kinship. She is now conducting comparative research on institutional care for the elderly between Japan and China.


This paper was originally published in Intersections: Gender, History and Culture in the Asian Context, with the assistance of Murdoch University.

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