Light and Shadow in East Asia: Health, Wealth and “Hungry Ghosts” (2011 Osaka, Japan)

2011 Annual Meeting of the EAAA

Osaka, Japan



Today East Asia is considered one of the major driving forces for the world economy, along with the United States and the European Union. At the same time, the region faces a variety of problems such as environmental degradation, the widening of income gap, the shrinking and aging of population and solitary deaths. These issues always cast a shadow on the bright side of the region’s economic developments. On the one hand, people living in the bright light enjoy prosperity and longevity, but on the other hand, a growing number of people are left behind politically, economically, socially and culturally. It’s not only economically needy people who are haunted by “Hungry Ghosts.” Those who are estranged, in many ways, from the “disconnected societies” as a result of drastic changes brought about by globalization are also a source of our concern.

This International Forum for East Asian Anthropology is going to comprehensibly address the two sides of the economic development of East Asia from an anthropological perspective. In doing so, we wi11 also discuss where life and culture in East Asia are heading against the background of the long history of the region’s civilization.

Like previous meetings in Beijing, Taipei and Seongnam (Korea), this conference in Osaka will bring together a number of anthropologists from the East Asian region (China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Taiwan) to facilitate exchanges of research findings and ideas. In order to shed light on newly arising issues particular to East Asia, the symposium of 2011 focuses on “Light and Shadow in East Asia: Health, Wealth and ‘Hungry Ghosts’”

The Organizing Committee

Meeting Program

Thursday, September 8th

15:00-17:00 Meeting to discuss towards establishing the Association

17:30-19:00 Welcome cocktail Seminar Room No.3 or No.5

Friday, September 9th

10:00-10:10 Greetings by Shiro Sasaki Deputy Director-General, Minpaku

10:10-10:20 Opening Remarks by Hirochika Nakamaki

10:20-10:30 lntroduction of Participants

10:35-12:30 Session 1: “Light and Shadow ofthe Other World “(iklαi)”
Chair: Kim, Kwang-ok
Kim, K wang-ok
Shinya Yamada
Yi, Jeong Duk
Hirochika Nakamaki (discussant)

10:35-12:30 Session 2: Light and Shadow of Tradition and Modemity”
Chair: Mutsuhiko Shima
Song Ping
Richard Shannon
Chen Gang
HanMi (discussant)

13:30-15:30 Session 3: Ritual, Good Life and the Other in China: Ethno-ontological Approaches to Chinese
Chair: Wang Mingming
Zhu Xiaoyang
Shu Yu

16:00-17:45 (Continuation)
Yang Qingmei
Wang Mingming
Kim, Kwang-ok (discussant)

13:30-15:30 Session 4: “Multi-cultural Practices in Contemporary Korea”
Chair: Moon, Okpyo
Moon, Okpyo
Han, Geon-Soo
Park, Christian
Yang, Young-Kyun

16:00-17:45 (Continuation)
Lee Changho
Yang, Han-Sun
Han, Seuung-mi
Shimpei Ota (discussant)

Saturday, September 10th

10:00-12:30 Session 5: “The Public Anthropology of Disaster : The East Japan Disaster”
Chair: Shinji Yamashita
Ichiro Numazaki
Donald Wood
Hiroki Okada
Paper Read on behalf of Shuhei Kimura
Isao Hayashi

13:30-14:30 (Continuation)
Hiromu Shimizu (Discussant)
Christian Park(Discussant)
Gordon Mathews (Discussant)

10:00-12:30 Session 6: “New Trends in Taiwan Anthropology “
Chair: Shu-min Huang
Hsin-yi Lu
Hsueh-cheng Yen
Sumei Lo
Pochan Chen
Shao-hua Liu
Yen-ling Tsai

13:30-14:30 (Continuation)
Shuenn-Der Yu
Teri Silvio
Atsushi Nobayashi (discussant)

14:30-16:00 Session 7: “Shanghai World Exposition” Asia”
Chair: Hirochika Nakamaki
Zhang Jijiao
Hirochika Nakamaki
Wang Mingming (discussant)

14:30-16:00 Session 8: “Migration and Dreams in East Asia”
Chair: Gordon Mathews
Ju-chen Chen
Keping Wu
Gaurav Murgai
Gordon Matherws
Chen Tien-shi (discussant)

16:30-17:30 Plenary Session and General Assembly
Chairs: Hirochika Nakamaki & Shu-min Huang


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