AsiaPacifiQueer is a collaboration between scholars from Australia and New Zealand who are researching queer cultures and peoples in the Asia-Pacific region. Its online resource reports on its conferences and workshops, introduces the main scholars in the field, and publishes calls for papers and conference announcements. From the main page of the website, users can access abstracts of past conference papers. Subjects include: queer cultures in Taiwan; the medicalisation of sexuality in contemporary Thailand; transgendered identities in post-war Japan; and Singapore's lesbian cultures and new media. The website features detailed biographies of key scholars in the field, along with their contact details. Although conference papers are not published in full, the detailed abstracts and conference programmes are an excellent source of information on current research for cultural studies and queer theory researchers in the Asian studies field. The resource would be of value to any scholar or postgraduate student with an interest in gender and sexuality in contemporary Asian cultures.
The Expanding East Asian Studies Program website makes available online a large range of teaching materials and innovative courses that place the study of East Asia in 'broad thematic, transnational, and interdisciplinary contexts'. The site is therefore a valuable resource for academics in many disciplines in addition to those specialising in Chinese, Japanese, Korean and other areas of East Asian Studies. The programme ran between 2002 and 2007; it was based at the Weatherfield East Asia Institute of Columbia University and involved academics at many higher education institutions in the Northeastern United States. The home page leads to four broad sections: teaching materials and resources; syllabi; links; and information about the programme. Within each section, the materials can be accessed in various ways: region/country; category; alphabetically; and type of resource. There is also a keyword search. Categories include: philosophy, thought and religion; film; gender; visual arts; world history; world literature; Asian diasporas; contemporary Asian societies; and survey courses. Syllabi consist of short descriptions and bibliographies, while the teaching materials and resources provide information at a more detailed level, including: briefly annotated lists of instructor and student readings; useful documents as downloadable as PDF files; information on video resources; and discussion questions. The links section, which is briefly annotated, is equally useful. Overall, an excellent site full of resources and ideas for anyone teaching on East Asia at various levels in higher education; the bibliographies and links would also be useful to students.
This is the website of the Gesellschaft für Japanforschung (Association for Research on Japan), the umbrella organisation for academics and teachers carrying out research and/or teaching about Japan in German-speaking countries. The site provides, in German, information about the Association's aims and activities. There is a section devoted to the annual meetings (Jahrestagungen) and a link to a microsite for the triennial conferences (Japanalogentage); these provide information such as programmes and details of how to obtain copies of conference proceedings. The site hosts a (German-language) mailing list, J-Studien, which is not restricted to Association members. The Association's journal 'Japanforschung - Mitteilungen der GJF' appears twice a year and complete issues for 1993-2004 can be downloaded from the Publications section of the site in PDF format. News items appear in the Aktuelles section, and the Stellenangebote section includes information on grants and scholarships as well as advertisements for academic posts in German-speaking countries.
The Japanbezogene Forschung & Lehre section consists of a list of links to the websites of the following Japan-related organisations: research institutes and university departments in German-speaking countries; research centres and institutes in Japan; and associations and institutes in other countries. An annotated list of links to special interest groups and affiliated associations appears in the Affiliierte Gesellschaften section. Finally, there is a members-only section, Intranet.
'Intersections: gender and sexuality in Asia and the Pacific' is a full-text refereed academic ejournal. At January 2009 there are 18 themed issues online. While some issues have a strongly ethnographic/sociological flavour, there are also many with themes such as: 'Deconstructing Popular and Diasporic Images'; 'Media and the Creation of New Japanese Women'; 'Images of Women'; and 'Cultural Translations, Cultural Appropriations: Spaces, Media and Performance', among others. Contents of an average issue usually include essays, commentaries, interviews, reviews of books and art exhibitions, and poetry. The journal has many articles likely to be of interest to historians and to those working in cultural studies. Example article titles include: 'Discussing Depictions of Male Homosexuality in Japanese Girls' Comics, Gay Comics and Gay Pornography'; 'A Short History of Hentai'; 'Performing Gender in Maoist Ballet'; 'Mediating the Modern: The Magazine Josei in 1920s Japan'; 'The Fetishisation of Japanese Women in Western Fiction, 1890s-1990s'; and ''I'm Your Venus'/'You're a Rake': Gender and the Grand Narrative in Japanese Television Advertising', among others. Arcticles are also listed by geography. The website has details of the editor, Board of Management, and Advisory Board, together with details of submissions and calls for papers. The website also contains filmographies and a selected bibliography.
Intersections (ISSN 1440-9151) is a peer reviewed electronic journal from Murdoch University, Australia, which explores gender studies in an Asian context. Each issue (from 1998) features an articles section along with book reviews and occasional film reviews. Special issues cover themes such as: women's stories from Indonesia; spaces, media and performance; queer culture in Asia; Japan past and present; queer Japan; crime, punishment and violence; and globalisation and culture. Articles are presented in HTML format, with no need to download, and feature hyperlinked footnotes and email links to their authors. Individual articles of interest to humanities scholars include: gender and jiefang (liberation) in early CCP discourse; naming and resisting gayness in contemporary Thailand; the fetishisation of Japanese women in Western fiction; and gender in Japanese television advertising. Each edition of Intersections includes a link to a call for papers for future themed editions. Intersections would be of interest to any scholar or student with an interest in gender in contemporary Asia, especially in areas seldom covered by mainstream academic print literature.
This website has been created by the Japanese Studies programme at the Catholic University of Leuven and is of interest to anyone studying manga, animation and Japanese culture. The resource is very wide-ranging, but of particular note is the extensive 'manga research knowledge base', comprising some 4,000 entries. Consisting of Web ‘bookmarks’, the knowledge base includes “anything that may be useful for manga research, academic articles and books as well as non-academic news articles, blog posts, etc. that are insightful or fascinating enough to warrant a second look by researchers”. The full text of knowledge base content can be searched and entries are also ‘tagged’ allowing users to browse subjects of interest and find related resources. The website's other useful features include a catalogue of the Japanese Studies programme’s own manga-related holdings, links to manga discussion lists, a directory of manga researchers as well as details of manga research projects and other scholarly activity at the University. Most content on the website is in English, although sadly the useful glossary of manga terms is only available in Dutch.
Ruth Linhart is a Fellow of the Institute for East Asian Studies at Vienna University, and her personal website makes available online much of her research on women's history in Japan and Europe. Most of the site is in German, but there is a section of articles published in English. These include articles on: female pearl divers (ama); the poet Takuboku Ishikawa; and the literary critic and feminist Yasuko Imai. The home page menu leads to sections on: Japanologie (Japanology); Zeitgeschichte (contemporary history); Texte und Reportage (articles and reports); Reisen (travels); and Gedichte (poems). At the top of the home page are icons of some of Linhart's books, leading to e-texts (some complete, some extracts). The 'Neu' (new) heading leads to recently published articles. There are also links to other relevant websites and to other sites relating to Linhart's various interests.
The home page of Sharon Kinsella offers full-text academic papers of interest to researchers in Japanese popular culture and girlhood. Kinsella obtained "her Ph.D from Oxford University in 1996 and was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Yale University until 2004". Kinsella is the author of 'Adult Manga: culture and power in contemporary Japanese society' (University of Hawaii Press, 2000). Her website offers a full listing of her publications, and has free full-text papers such as: 'The Japanization of European youth'; 'Amateur manga subculture and the otaku panic'; 'Cuties in Japan', and 'Adult manga: pro-establishment pop-culture in the 1990s'. This will be a useful website for those seeking an insight into the gender issues in manga, the role of the otaku in Japanese popular culture, and the place of 'cuteness' in Japanese contemporary girlhood.
This website is the home page of Druann Pagliassotti, a researcher who is examining the Japanese 'yaio' genre within manga. This is a comics genre about... "same-sex romance and/or sexual relations". There is a short description of the research, a reader survey to download, and also a bibliographic wiki, the 'Yaoi Research Wiki Board' which is a unique guide to the sparse academic and fan literature on the topic. The fan/reader survey offers "13 in-depth questions", which may act as exemplars for researchers in this and similar fields. The researcher has gained his Ph.D. and is now a tenured professor in media studies at the California Lutheran University, California. This will be an interesting - if somewhat sparse - starting point for those seeking guidance about how to start to examine queer comic genres in Japanese manga.