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"Women in Wartime East Asia, 1937-1950" Subject of Conference on Nov. 30

"Women in Wartime East Asia, 1937-1950” is the subject of a half-day conference to be held on Friday, Nov. 30, from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Pomona College (Hahn Hall Room 101, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont). The conference will be followed by a reception at 5 p.m. This conference is free and open to the public.

The speakers and lecture topics are as follows:

  • Danke Li (Fairfield University): “Re-thinking Resistance: Ordinary Chinese Women’s Experiences in Chongqing, China, During the Second Sino-Japanese War, 1938-1945”

Li will discuss stories of women from different social, economic and educational backgrounds and their varied experiences of war; some were active in the Communist resistance, while others tried to support families or pursue their educations. Li will examine their roles and explore the meaning of resistance.

  • Sharalyn Orbaugh (University of British Columbia): “Japanese Women as Creators and Targets of Propaganda: Kamishibai in the Fifteen Year War”

Orbaugh will talk about kamishibai (literally “paper theatre”), originally a form of street theatre for children. Kamishibai was adapted during the war to carry government-sponsored messages to a wide variety of demographics. This presentation will explore the messages and techniques of the kamishibai plays produced by women for women in the Japanese mobilization campaigns from 1937-1945.

  • Lori Watt (Washington University): “From Pioneers to Repatriates: Women and the End of the Japanese Empire”

Watt will discuss the Japanese women who populated Japan’s empire on the Asian mainland and how women experienced the dramatic transition from an empire at war to a nation under occupation in mid-20th century East Asia.

For more information, contact Kayo Yoshikawa at (909) 607-7467 or Samuel Yamashita at