In Print


New Book

Cover of The Routledge Companion to Museum EthicsJust published this week, The Routledge Companion to Museum Ethics: Redefining Ethics for the Twenty-First Century Museum, edited by Janet Marstine, details my “Asians Art Museum” (Lord It’s the Samurai) project, in a chapter on “Museum Censorship” by Christopher Steiner.

From the publisher, about the book:

It argues for a museum ethics discourse defined by social responsibility, radical transparency and shared guardianship of heritage. And it demonstrates the moral agency of museums: the concept that museum ethics is more than the personal and professional ethics of individuals and concerns the capacity of institutions to generate self-reflective and activist practice.”

As for my work, Steiner asserts, ‘ . . .the intervention was a productive contribution that enhanced the exhibition narrative’.

More at the Asians Art Museum blog.

In Japan

Cover, Impaction [178]Earlier this year I was interviewed by Megumi Kitahara, professor of Japanese Studies at the Graduate School of Osaka University, for the 63rd installment of her ongoing serial essay on “Art Activism” in インパクション (Impaction) magazine.  At 14 pages in length, it’s by far the most in-depth interview I’ve ever given.

北原恵.  アート・アクティヴィズム(63), Impaction [178], 106-119, 2011.

For those who read Japanese, here’s a link to Prof. Kitahara’s academic publications on CiNii.

Cover of Murakami's bookThis is actually the second interview I’ve had published in Japan.  The first was by Yumiko Murakami for her book アジア系アメリカ人  中公新書 : アメリカの新しい顔  (Ajiakei Amerikajin: Amerika no atarashii kao) (Asian Americans: New Faces of America), reportedly the first book published in Japan on the subject of Asian Americans (Tokyo: Chūō Kōronsha, pp. 211-214, 1997).  She interviewed me about my experience producing the documentary Meeting at Tule Lake for the Tule Lake Pilgrimage.

Teaching Geisha

Like my samurai project above, my Sansei Geisha project has also influenced academic discourse.  I only recently came across the following, from May of last year:

Jan Bardsley. Teaching Geisha in History, Fiction, and Fantasy (PDF), ASIANetwork Exchange, Vol. 17, No. 2 (Spring 2010 Issue)

Jan Bardsley is a professor of Japanese Humanities at University of North Carolina, interested in feminism and popular culture in Japan, who has written about my work previously:

Liza Dalby’s Geisha: the view twenty-five years later, Southeast Review of Asian Studies, Vol. 31 (Annual 2009), pp.309-323.

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