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Democracy’s Poster Girls: Beauty Queens and Fashion Models in Postwar Japan

Who doesn’t love a good lecture?  If you feel like your upcoming week is missing your usual dose of history and post-war cultural analysis check out the Simpson Center for the Humanities on Monday, Oct. 22nd, where Jan Bardsley will speak on her research: “Democracy’s Poster Girls: Beauty Queens and Fashion Models in Postwar Japan.”  Here’s a little preview:

American-style beauty contests―complete with young women in tiaras, sashes, and swimsuits― became big business in Japan in the 1950s, and were even hailed as displays of women’s rights in the new postwar. Jan Bardsley will focus on one piece of this story: the rise and fall of Itō Kinuko, who captured the Miss Japan crown in 1953, thrilled her country by taking third place in the Miss Universe contest, and became the nation’s first top fashion model. But her story became a cautionary tale about the allure and dangers of Americanization in Japan, and also intertwined with U.S. efforts to forge alliances with Japan in the early Cold War.

When: Monday, Oct 22, 2012 3:30 pM Details

Where: Communications 202, University of Washington

More on Jan Bardsley:

Jan Bardsley is Associate Professor of Japanese Humanities and Chair of the Department of Asian Studies at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of The Bluestockings of Japan: New Women Fiction and Essays from Seitō, 1911-1916 (University of Michigan, Center for Japanese Studies, 2007), which was awarded the 2011 Hiratsuka Raichō Prize by Japan Women’s University. With Laura Miller, she has co-edited two books, Bad Girls of Japan (Palgrave, 2005) and Manners and Mischief: Gender, Power, and Etiquette in Japan (University of California Press, 2011). She is co-producer/director with Joanne Hershfield of the documentary, Women in Japan: Memories of the Past, Dreams for the Future (2002). Bardsley has received several teaching awards at UNC-Chapel Hill including the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the Sitterson Award for Excellence in Teaching First-Year Seminars.

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She's With Me is the brain child of three feminists who got tired of emailing each other every time they caught wind of a womanist event, so they created a separate space to house their feminist calendar. The benefits would be twofold: fewer emails cluttering up their inboxes, and more people learning about Seattle's growing feminist community. She's With Me aims to be a feminist hub, where all the goings on of different organizations are collected in one place. Our plans for the site include reviews/write-ups of events, interviews with local feminist activists, news updates, and essays, poetry, and art by feminists. The Fourth Wave of Feminism is here, and She's With Me will be the feminist scrap book documenting our herstory as it unfolds.

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