Upcoming Events

The Asian Studies Center sponsors, announces, or otherwise supports a number of Asia-related events throughout the year. Keep an eye on this space for more information! If there's an event you would like advertised, please contact Rachel Jacobson at rej16@pitt.edu.

Faculty members or student organizations who wish to request ASC sponsorship or support for their events should fill out the Event Request Form and submit it to Rachel at rej16@pitt.edu.

Saturday, May 6

Modern Japanese Gardens in a Transnational Context
Time:
2:00 pm
Presenter:
Toshio Watanabe, Professor of History of Art and Design, Research Center for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation, University of the Arts, London
Location:
Phipps Conservatory
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

Japanese garden is often regarded as the quintessential symbol of traditional culture in Japan, representing the purest form of Japaneseness. However, once we start to examine its history in detail, it becomes clear that in many cases the Japanese garden assumes a clearly transnational character. We will focus on the development of modern Japanese garden from mid-19th to mid-20th century in their transnational context and explore what all this means. Examples will range from an exquisite private garden in Kyoto, a colonial Japanese public park in Hong Kong, remains of gardens created at a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II in California to a garden expressing post-war democracy in Takamatsu, Japan and a range of East European Japanese gardens mostly created more recently.

Lecture at 2 p.m.
Q&A at 3 p.m.

SPONSORED BY THE PHIPPS CONSERVATORY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH’S NATIONAL CONSORTIUM FOR TEACHING ABOUT ASIA, ASIAN STUDIES CENTER, AND GLOBAL STUDIES CENTER