"Talk-Story Leadership: On Global Asias And Taboo Subjects" w/ Yano

Tue Apr 09 2024 at 05:00 pm to 07:00 pm

Claudia Cohen Hall | Philadelphia

Center for East Asian Studies
Publisher/HostCenter for East Asian Studies
"Talk-Story Leadership:  On Global Asias And Taboo Subjects" w\/ Yano
"Talk-Story Leadership: On Global Asias And Taboo Subjects" with Christine Yano
About this Event

In this talk, I suggest ways in which Global Asias as a framework pushes us out of historical practices of Asian Studies, and into conversation with Asian American studies, Asian diasporic studies, and more. Through these new adjacencies, the idea of radical listening -- deep, empathic sensory interweaving of ourselves with others--opens our ears to new relationalities, including social justice. We listen for and with communities, approaching the studies of Asian-related fields with openness, critique, theoretical engagement, and deeply focused commitments. Furthermore, these practices and ideals lend themselves to a new form of responsible interaction – what I call “talk-story leadership,” whose very actions and intimacies derive from radical listening.

Speaker's Bio:

Christine R. Yano, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Hawai`i, has conducted research on Japan and Japanese Americans with a focus on popular culture. In 2020-2021 she served as the President of the Association for Asian Studies. She has served as Chair of the American Advisory Committee to Japan Foundation from 2018 to 2022. In 2022 she began her tenure as President-Elect of the Society for East Asian Anthropology, American Anthropological Association. Her publications include Tears of Longing: Nostalgia and the Nation in Japanese Popular Song (Harvard, 2002), Airborne Dreams: “Nisei” Stewardesses and Pan American World Airways (Duke, 2011), and Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty and its Trek Across the Pacific (Duke, 2013).


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Claudia Cohen Hall, 249 South 36th Street, Philadelphia, United States


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