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What does it mean to be Ainu in the twenty-first century? - Ainu authenticity -
People of Northern Japan, the Ainu once described as a “dying race,” continue to remain and develop their culture even today. Throughout the nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries, the Ainu were targeted as a fascinating research object for both Japanese and foreign researchers. This was a result of the discourse of “race” together with Social Darwinism. Such history continues to affect Ainu communities negatively, and various challenge remain. In this lecture, Dr. Uzawa highlights the living experiences of the Ainu today by sharing her personal stories on her ongoing website project and an artistic project, which expresses contemporary Ainu authenticity through dance and song.

Jun 21, 2021 10:00 AM in Vancouver

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