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Jedi Masters, Karate Kids, and Kung Fu Pandas: Reimagining American Religions for a New Generation. Lecture by Jane Iwamura
Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 7:00pm

The Portland Center for Public Humanities Presents a Lecture by Jane Iwamura:

Jedi Masters, Karate Kids, and Kung Fu Pandas: Reimagining American Religions for a New Generation

Thursday May 3rd, 7 p.m.
Smith Memorial Student Union 294 | 1825 SW Broadway

Drawing from her recently released book, Virtual Orientalism: Asian Religions and American Popular Culture, Jane Iwamura will be discussing the fascination with Eastern spirituality in contemporary "kid-oriented" fare and how the rise of entertainment supersystems ensures Virtual Orientalism's continuing power and influence. 

Jane Naomi Iwamura is Visiting Scholar and Lecturer in Asian American Studies at UCLA.  She is the author of Virtual Orientalism: Asian Religions and American Popular Culture (Oxford 2011) and the co-editor of Revealing the Sacred in Asian and Pacific America (Routledge 2003).

This event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the English Department and the Diversity Action Council Grant. If you have questions concerning access or accommodations for a disability please contact us at publichumanities@pdx.edu. Early requests are encouraged; a week will generally allow us to provide seamless access. 

Please see also the workshop with Jane Iwamura: American Dreams: Race, Religion, and U.S.Film.