PSU Center for Japanese Studies Presents:
Linda Angst & Leila Wice, L&C College "Kabuki Girls and Beauty Queens: Women, Class, and Propriety in the Edo Period and Postwar Okinawa"
January 29, 2008 Tuesday 5PM
Smith Center room 238Professor Wice will speak on Early Edo-era theater regulations (culminating in the ban on women performers) as they relate to restrictions on off-stage "kabuki styles"(kabukitaru-tai) within sumptuary regulations. These regulations were attempts to manage competing military masculinities during the formative years of the Tokugawa Bakufu, which legislated appearances as part of establishing the legitimacy of warrior rule during an era of relative peace.
Professor Angst will talk about how the US military occupation leaders in Okinawa tried to introduce American democratic values by winning the hearts and minds of Okinawans through a range of social and cultural practices, focusing on the ways in which women were invited to participate through social venues such as fashion shows and beauty pageants. The presentation addresses questions of gendered nationalism through the transformation of traditional Okinawan and Japanese attitudes about propriety and women's etiquett and examines how these practices were consumed, accepted and/or rejected by Okinawans.
Open to the public, Free event.
Center for Japanese Studies
Portland State University
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