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PERFORMANCE: Recycling: Washi Tales / Galloway, NJ

11/17/2017 - 11/18/2017

Recycling: Washi Tales brings to life in performance the human stories contained in a sheet of washi paper as it is recycled through time. In a world created by distinguished paper artist, Kyoko Ibe, four tales of paper-making from different periods of Japanese history unfold on stage with an extraordinary ensemble of performers and musicians. The performance was co-presented by Asia Society and The Japan Foundation previously in 2016.

Ibe has created a site-specific installation in Stockton University Art Galleries for the exhibition until November 18, 2017. To complement the exhibition, various Japanese cultural workshops will be held. The event is supported by the Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists.

[Photo: © Ayumi Sakamoto]

PANEL DISCUSSION: "Teaching about Asia in the Digital Age" / San Francisco, CA

11/17/2017

The Asian Art Museum and National Consortium for Teaching about Asia will introduce teachers to high quality, peer-reviewed, online resources to support teaching and learning about Asia in this session, which will be held during the Annual Conference for the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). A reception will follow. This event is supported by the Center for Global Partnership Grassroots Program. More information about the conference session can be found here and the reception here.

CULTURAL EVENTS: Ohayo Ohio II / Yellow Springs, OH

11/11/2017 - 11/12/2017

Ohayo Ohio II: A Japanese Symposium and Cultural Event features events on the Antioch College campus including "Kyogen and Butoh Wearing the Universe" by Antioch Alumni, and the screening of the short film "ORIZURU 2015" followed by a symposium and paper crane making afterwards. This event is supported by the Institutional Project Support - Small Grant Program. 

PANEL DISCUSSION: "Japan and the Leadership of the World Trading System" Abe Fellows Global Forum / New York, NY

11/10/2017

Recent U.S. policy has shifted away from leadership positions in the global economy. These shifts are creating room for stronger regional ties and raise the question of which nation(s) will lead trade initiatives in Asia. This event is open to the public, and will be held in cooperation with Columbia University's Center on Japanese Economy and Business and the School for International and Public Affairs. The event is part of a new initiative of the Abe Fellowship Program, the Abe Fellows Global Forum organized by the CGP Grassroots Program and Social Science Research Council (SSRC). For further details, please click here.

LITERATURE: The Big Read Holland Area - Keynote address: Julie Otsuka / Holland, MI

11/09/2017

The Big Read Holland Area is a community-wide reading program focused on the reading of one book. This year's title is When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka. During the keynote address, she will discuss her own family's experience of internment during WWII, the creative process and how she came to be a writer, as well as the relevance of the Japanese American internment to our contemporary society. The event is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

LECTURE: "Whaling, War, and Waging Peace: Three Stories of Philanthropy's Role in U.S.-Japan Relations" / Fredericksburg, VA

11/08/2017

David P. Janes, Director of Foundation Grants and Assistant to the President of the U.S.-Japan Foundation, will give a talk titled "Whaling, War, and Waging Peace". This event is supported by the Institutional Project Support - Small (IPS Small) program, and is free and open to the public.

PANEL DISCUSSION: "Are Rural Communities Doomed?
Changemakers Say No!" Public Forum / New York, NY

10/30/2017

The Japan Society and the Japan NPO Center will be hosting a public forum that will share the learning and insight gained from the exchange between U.S. and Japanese nonprofit leaders who strive to increase resilience and revitalization in their local communities. Currently, both U.S. and Japan similarly encounter the rising inequality across many sectors between urban and non-urban areas. Through this exchange the participants, will explore a "best practice" approach in revitalizing these local communities. These forums are under the support of the CGP Grassroots Program Grant. 

LECTURE: "Washoku: Japanese Gastro-Diplomacy and UNESCO" Talk by Dr. Theodore C. Bestor / Fredericksburg, VA

10/23/2017

Dr. Theodore C. Bestor, Professor of Social Anthropology and Japanese Studies at Harvard University, will give a talk at the University of Mary Washington. This event is supported by the Institutional Project Support - Small (IPS Small) program, and is free and open to the public.
The lecture takes place on Monday, October 23, 4pm at the University of Mary Washington, Lee Hall, Room 411 (Fredericksburg, VA).

PERFORMANCE: Japanese Connections: featuring Kazunori Kumagai and Yumi Kurosawa / Washington, DC

10/18/2017

Tap dancer Kazunori Kumagai and koto player Yumi Kurosawa join forces to pay tribute to the connection forged between the Kennedy Center and the government and people of Japan who supported the original construction and opening of the Terrace Theater in 1979. For more information, please click here.
Left: Photo © Leslie Kee Right: Photo © GION

PANEL DISCUSSION: "Confronting Climate Change: What Can the U.S. and Japan Contribute to Creating Sustainable Societies?" Abe Fellows Global Forum / Houston, TX; Stanford, CA

10/18/2017 - 10/20/2017

October 18, 6:00 PM 
Asia Society Texas Center
For more information, please click here.

October 20, 2:00 PM 
The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford Unviersity
For more information, please click here.

CGP and SSRC are pleased to announce a new initiative of the Abe Fellowship Program, the Abe Fellows Global Forum (Abe Global). The aim of this initiative is to encourage international multidisciplinary discussions on topics of pressing global concern.

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