21st Annual Conference: AALA Forum 2013
Conference Theme: “Re-reading ‘Asian American Literature’ from the Perspective of
American Literature Studies”
Date: September 21-22, 2013
Venue: B132 at Building B of Graduate School of Humanities, Kobe University
(Address) 1-1 Rokkodai-cho, Nada-ku, Kobe 657-8501, Japan.

Forum Schedule:
Day One – September 21 (Sat)
             Conference Coordinator: Tomoko Yamaguchi (Kwansei Gakuin University)
   1:00-1:30 Registration
   1:30-1:40 Opening Address: Fukuko Kobayashi (President of AALA, Waseda University)>
   1:40-4:45 Symposium:
           “Re-reading ‘Asian American Literature’ from the Perspective of American Literature Studies”
              Chair: Hideyuki Yamamoto (Kobe University)
  Panelists:
           “Reading Chan-rae Lee’s War Stories in the American Literary Context”
                 Noboru Yamashita (Soai University)
           “The Cultural Revolution(s) and American “Shadow” : Yiyun Li, Ha Jin, and Diaspora”
                 Yukimitsu Tsukada (Kwansei Gakuin University)
           “What Is 'Asian-American Literature?'”
                 Naoko Sugiyama (Nihon Women’s University)
              Discussant: Mizuho Murayama (Aichi Prefectural University)
    4:45-5:15 Q&A Session
    5:30-7:00 Reception Party (at Kobe University Co-op LANS BOX Cafeteria)
              MC: Keiko Furuki (Kyoto Gakuen University)
    7:15-8:30 Evening Session:
           "Thinking about Japanese Literature through Brasil Nikkei Bungaku"
              Speaker: Ted Mack (University of Washington, USA)
              Chair: Marika Okino (Kochi National College of Technology)

Day Two – September 22 (Sun)
    9:30-10:30 Special Lecture: “Anti-Imperialist Writers and the Philippine-American War:
                       The Case of Twain, Howells and Masters”
              Speaker: Koji Ohi (Professor Emeritus, Kwansei Gakuin University)
              Chair: Fukuko Kobayashi
    10:30-11:00 Q & A Session
    11:00-11:30 General Meeting Chair: Michiko Fukai (Kobe Women’s University)
    11:30-13:00 Luncheon (at LANS BOX Cafeteria) MC: Michiko Fukai
    13:00-13:10  Closing Address: Teruyo Ueki (Professor Emeritus, Kobe Women’s University)





20th AALA Forum (2012)
<Hosted by Asian American Literature Association, Japan>
Date: September 15-16, 2012
Venue: Symposium and Special Lecture at Conference Room 1, 7th floor Higashi
Honkan, Matsuyama University
Reception Dinner and Evening Session at Matsuyama ANA Hotel

Day 1: September 15
1:00~1:30   Registration
1:30~1:40   Opening Speech Mie Hihara (President of AALA)
1:45~4:45   Symposium : “Expanding the Horizons of Nikkei Literary Studies”
                    Chair: Mitsu Yoshida (Matsuyama University)
                "From Nagasaki to the World: Kazuo Ishiguro's Japaneseness and Statelessness"  
                    Takayuki Shonaka (Kyoto Junior College of Foreign Languages)
                “Jose Watanabe and Nikkei Literature in Peru: A Cultural and Literary Syncretism”
                     Randy Muth (Kio University)
                “At Home with the Noguchi Family”
                    Edward Marx (Ehime University)

5:30~7:00   Reception Dinner (ANA Hotel)
                    MC: Mizuho Murayama (Aichi Prefectural University)
7:15~8:30   Evening Session (ANA Hotel)
            “Nostalgia for Nihonmachi in Seattle:
              Making Japanese Version of Jamie Ford’s Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet”
                    Kazuhira Maeda (Naruto University of Education)
                    Chair: Hideyuki Yamamoto (Kobe University)

Day 2: September 16
9:30- 11:00    Special Lecture: Hisao Tanaka (Fukuyama University)
             "The Fiction of Toshio Mori and Its Geo-historical Context"
                    Chair: Mie Hihara

11:00-11:30  General Meeting Chair: Tomoko Yamauchi (Kwansei GakuinUniversity)
11:30-1:30   Lunch MC: Michiko Fukai (Kobe Women’s University)
1:30-1:35    Closing Speech Mitsu Yoshida