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Reframing Disability: Manga’s Portrayals of Deaf Character

Monday, October 18, 2021 at 4:45pm to 6:15pm

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Yoshiko Okuyama, a professor of Japanese studies at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo, will discuss Reframing Disability in Manga (University of Hawaii Press 2020), which she wrote after interviewing manga artists, conducting archival research, and visiting events and organizations serving disability communities in Japan as a Japan Foundation fellow. Focusing on the book’s chapter on the deaf community in Japan, she will discuss their representation in manga using comic examples such as A Silent Voice (Koe no katachi) while sharing manga images and anecdotes she did not include in her book. She will conclude with a discussion of emerging issues as the pandemic continues to impact disability communities in Japan.  

This event will have RID/NIC certified ASL interpreters throughout and is EAP's first fully bi-lingual English-ASL event.

Co-sponsored by the East Asia+ Collaborative.

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Department of Theatre, Film and Dance, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Asian Studies, Linguistics, Society for the Humanities, East Asia Program, Asian American Studies Program, Asian & Asian American Center, Global Cornell, China and Asia-Pacific Studies, Language Resource Center

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asian, cascal, accessibility, einaud, cashum



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Amala Lane


Yoshiko Okuyama

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University of Hawaii at Hilo

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ASL interpreters interpreting throughout. Email us for additional access requests.

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