Japan Lecture Series 2007-2008

 

Lyon College, Batesville, Arkansas  

 


 

The Politics of Gender in 21st Century Japan

By Dr. Linda White

Monday, October 22, 2007

 

Hello Kitty:

The Remarkable Story of Sanrio and the Billion Dollar Feline Phenomenon

By Ken Belson

Thursday, March 6, 2008

 

Free admission

 

The Japan Lecture Series is made possible by the grant from the Freeman Foundation.            

For more information, contact Mieko U. Peek at mpeek@lyon.edu


 

 

 

The Politics of Gender in 21st Century Japan

By Dr. Linda White

 

Monday, October 22, 2007

7:00 pm 8:30 pm

 

Derby Lecture Hall

Lyon College

 

Dr. Linda White teaches anthropology and gender studies at Middlebury College.  Her research is on Japanese feminism and its global dimensions, and gender and death in the debate on organ transplants in Japan and in cross border transplants.  She is currently working on a manuscript on the transnational and local components of grassroots Japanese feminism.  She is also making a documentary film that traces the life history of a ninety-year-old Tokyo woman.  She received her M.A. in Asian Studies from Cornell University and her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Hello Kitty:

The Remarkable Story of Sanrio and

the Billion Dollar Feline Phenomenon

 

By Ken Belson

 

Thursday, March 6, 2008

7:00-8:30 p.m.

 

Derby Lecture Hall

Lyon College

 

Ken Belson (left) with co-author Brian Bremner

Hello Kitty is an unlikely success story.  Launched 30 years ago with no fanfare, the cartoon cat has almost no story or media exposure.  Yet with almost no advertising, the two-dimensional cat now churns out half a billion in revenue and is sold in more than 40 countries.  Ken Belson, co-author of Hello Kitty: The Remarkable Story of Sanrio and the Billion Dollar Feline Phenomenon, will explain how Hello Kitty grew into one of the most recognizable characters in the world.  Ken Belson covers the business and transportation industry for the New York Times.  Mr. Belson earned an M.S. with honors from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.  He also holds a B.A. in history from Reed College.

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