Next screening of documentary SOUR STRAWBERRIES Sun June 14, Tokyo Univ Komaba Campus


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Hi Blog.  In case you missed a chance to see documentary SOUR STRAWBERRIES, here’s your next chance.  Drop by Tokyo University Komaba Campus this coming Sunday afternoon and take in a screening.  It’s part of a Linguapax Asia Symposium this year.  Details and schedule as follows.  More on the documentary here.  Arudou Debito in Sapporo


2009 Linguapax Asia Symposium
Theme: Human Trafficking
June 14, 9:00 – 16:30
University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus, Bldg. 18,
4th Floor, Communication Room No 3

With an estimated 900,000 victims annually, human trafficking is perhaps the major human rights issue of the 21st century. The 2009 Working Session of Linguapax Asia will discuss the connection of language with human trafficking and will explore the following:

• How can language define the socio-political contexts of human trafficking?
• How has human trafficking (both labor and sexual) been described historically (e.g. biblical sources and slave narratives)?
• How have literary works described human trafficking?
• How has human trafficking been portrayed by visual media?
• How can the language of human experience explore human trafficking and the sex industry?

9:00 Registration, Coffee

9:30 Opening of Session, Frances Fister Stoga, Director, and Jelisava Sethna, Vice-Director, Linguapax Asia

Morning Session. Chair: Jelisava Sethna

9:35 Daniel H. Garrett, US Embassy, An Introduction to TIP (Trafficking in Persons): Scale, Types, and Definitions

9:55 Olaudah Equiano: A reading from his narrative*

10:00 Patricia Aliperti & Jason Aliperti, The Role of Education to Prevent the Trafficking in Children for Forced and Bonded Labor in India
10:35 – 11:00 Coffee

11:00 Harriet Jacobs: A reading from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl*

11:05 Stewart Dorward, Shumei High School, Slavery in the Bible

11:25 Frederick Douglass: A reading from his narrative*

11:30 Bill Gater, Rikkyo University, Proletarian Literature and Takiji Kobayashi’s Kanikosen”: Renewal of Interest in Times of Finacial Crisis

11:50 Charles Cabell, Toyo University, “Troubled Waters” Within the History of Edo/Meiji Prostitution

12:20 Peace Boat
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
Afternoon Session. Chair: Frances Fister Stoga

14:00 Marek Ignacy Kaminski, Swedish Writers’ Union, The Language of Human Experience: Human Trafficking and Diplomacy

14:30 Uncle Tom’s Cabin – A reading*

14:40 Debito Arudou, Hokkaido Information University, Documentary film: Sour Strawberries: Japan’s Hidden Guest Workers (2008, Tilman König and Daniel Kremers)
15:50 – 16:30 Coffee
16:30 WAM: The activities of Women’s Active Museum on War and Peace

16:45 Closing of Session

* Readings by Ann Jenkins, Tokyo International Players


1 comment on “Next screening of documentary SOUR STRAWBERRIES Sun June 14, Tokyo Univ Komaba Campus

  • Mark Hunter says:

    Hi Debito. Hope all goes well. I just wanted to update you on a class I conducted with advanced level high school students with Sour Strawberries. As third in a series of documentaries (to study the genre) I was very pleasantly surprised with the level of questions and understanding shown by the students. I did not introduce the documentary as I didn’t want to influnece their opinions, I acted more as a moderator after the showing. They were, understandably, shocked, but seemed very clued in. This is the second time I watched it and felt, with a Japanese audience, that the directors actually did a very good job of portraying the ‘guest’ worker problem. Just thought you’d want to know. Keep up the good work. We’re rooting for you!

    — The directors and I very much want to know! Thanks for the feedback!


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