Year: 2013

December 2013 The SIETAR Student Fair


(Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research)

SIETAR Student Fair


Date:                    December 8, 2013 (Sunday)  13:30-16:30

Presenters:            Students from several universities in Kansai

Venue:                   Takatsuki Shiritsu Sogo ShiminKoryu Center,

5th floor (audio-visual center)
(1 minute walk from JR Takatsuki Station) Tel.0726-85-3721

Fee:                      Free for SIETAR members and students;

500 yen for non-members

Language:             English and Japanese

Social:                  People are welcome to come to dinner after the session at

a reasonably priced Thai/Balinese restaurant.

                             Reservations are required by December 4.



SIETAR Student Fair       

Come and see what activities university students in the Kansai area are engaged in. We will hold a special fair featuring students from Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Osaka Gakuin University, Osaka Jogakuin University, Kansai University, Kwansei University, Ritsumeikan University and others. They will share their experiences with volunteer work,  service learning,  and study abroad programs. Please bring your friends, classmates, colleagues, and family members and support our young participants.






November 2013 Film Screening of “Ripples of Change –- The Japanese Women’s Movement” by Nanako Kurihara, Filmmaker

Speaker:            Nanako Kurihara, Producer/Director

Date:                   November 2, 2013 (Saturday)  

                           15:00-18:00 (note time change)

                            (Dinner after the session at a Thai/Balinese restaurant. Reservations

                            required by October 27. Contact

Venue:                Takatsuki Shiritsu Sogo Shimin Koryu Center, 

                           5th floor (1 minute walk from JR Takatsuki Station) 


Fee:                   Free for SIETAR, GALE SIG members, and students;

                          500 yen for non-members

Language:      English (questions & answers in Japanese and English)


We are very fortunate to have Nanako Kurihara, the filmmaker of an exceptional documentary about the Japanese women’s liberation movement in the 1970s. “Ripples of Change” combines powerful political analysis with a deeply personal and passionate story. In the 1980s Kurihara left her homeland, frustrated by the lack of interesting roles for women in Japan. In New York, she met a Japanese woman who had been involved in the women’s liberation movement in Japan, and this started her own journey. Kurihara returned to Japan and brought together interviews with veterans of the movement, fascinating archival footage, and her own personal impressions. The film explores the meaning of the liberation movement, the factors that motivated it, and the effect it has had on people’s attitudes.

“Ripples of Change” was screened internationally at film festivals, universities, women’s centers, and museums. It has been broadcast on foreign public television stations, on PBS in the United States and SBS in Australia. It has been used in classrooms internationally at colleges and universities. The film was partially funded by the Japan Foundation, Hoso Bunka Foundation, Tokyo Women’s Fund, NY State Council for the Arts, and Astraea Foundation. “Ripples of Change” is an excellent resource for the study of global feminism, women’s roles, and Japanese society.

Nanako Kurihara graduated from Waseda University with a BA in Political Science. After working as a magazine editor, she moved to New York where she started to make documentaries. She earned an M.A. and Ph.D. from Performance Studies at New York University. More recently Kurihara made the film, “A Grandpa from Brazil,” which is about a first-generation immigrant’s personal look at Japanese migration to Brazil and the return migration of Japanese-Brazilians to Japan. It takes an honest look at the economic crisis that face Japanese Brazilians in Japan.

August 2013 Breaking the Silence: The Japanese American Experience

Speaker:            Nikki Nojima Louis, Ph.D., playwright, performer and educator

Date:                   August 10, 2013 (Saturday)

Time:                  14:00-17:00

                            (Dinner after the session at a Thai/Balinese restaurant. Reservations

                            required by August 2. Contact

Venue:                Takatsuki Shiritsu Sogo Shimin Koryu Center,
                      (1 minute walk from JR Takatsuki Station) Tel.0726-85-3721

Fee:              Free for members and students; 500 yen for non-members

Language:      English


Description of presentation:

Nikki Nojima Louis is a Japanese American playwright, educator and performer who is bringing her cast to Japan for the very first time in order to perform the oral history play called “Breaking the Silence: The Japanese American Experience.” This play debuted first at the University of Washington in 1986, and since then it has been performed throughout the U.S. The play comes to Japan for the first time with performances in Hiroshima on August 1-3, at Aichi University on August 4 and back to Hiroshima on August 5. The group will be present at the remembrance ceremony in Hiroshima on August 6.

For those who cannot attend the performance, August 10 is an opportunity to get an overview of the play, and Nojima Louis will explain the whole process using slides and videoclips. “Breaking the Silence” utilizes Readers Theater where oral histories, tanka poems, and music are combined to reveal the experiences of three generations of Japanese Americans.

Participants will have the opportunity to experience different aspects of Readers Theater and many of the basic techniques to be presented are based on the book written by Nojima Louis’s co-director, Jan Maher, a member of the collective called, Local Access for the Arts-in-Education. This session will be of use for anyone interested in history, drama, and education.


Dr. Nikki Nojima Louis was born in Seattle, spent her early childhood in America’s World War II prison camps, and grew up in Chicago. As a teenager in the 1950s, she was the only non-white member of a dance company that toured to the segregated South. She has a Masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of Washington and a Ph.D in Creative Writing from Florida State University.

Nikki is not just an academic. In 1985 she was a member of Word of Mouth, a multicultural women’s peace show, performing throughout the Pacific Northwest, and in 1986 she wrote “Breaking the Silence.” In 1989 she traveled to Tashkent, Uzbekistan as a member of the Seattle-Soviet Theatre Exchange performing with a company of Russian, Uzbek, and Korean artists. Just a few of her performance credits include “Women Who Write Too Much,” “Most Dangerous Women,” “Shirley Temple of the Concentration Camp,” and “I am Furious Yellow.” She has taught at the University of Washington’s Women’s Center and co-managed Local Access, an arts-in-education collective. She is currently a Program Specialist in the Asian American Studies Department of the University of New Mexico.