MAI International Seminar: Rethinking Race/Racism from Asian Experiences


Date: 24 May 2013 (Friday)

Venue: Building A, Ground floor, Clayfield/Dining Rooms (A1.34), Monash University Caulfield Campus (For information on travelling, parking and map, please visit

Organized by Monash Asia Institute, Monash University

Co-organized by Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University

(Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (S) “A Japan-based Global Study of Racial Representations”)

Registration required. RSVP (no later than 16 May 2013) to :


9:50-10:00 Welcome address: Koichi Iwabuchi (Director, Monash Asia Institute)

10:00-10:10 “On the project of “A Japan-based Global Study of Racial Representations””

Yasuko Takezawa (Kyoto University) 

Part I Conception/theorization of race/racism in Asia

Session 1: Chair: Koichi Iwabuchi (MAI)

10:10-10:50 “De-racialized Race, Obscured Racism: Toward a More Holistic Theorization of Race and Racism”             Yuko Kawai (Rikkyo University)

10:50-11:30 “Rethinking Race and Racism in Malaysia: Colonial Inscriptions, Post-Colonial Contestations, and Post-Racial Trajectories”       Sharmani Patricia Gabriel (University of Malaya)

11:30-11:50 Discussant: Tessa Morris Suzuki (Australian National University)

11:50-12:40 Discussion 

12:40-13:40 Lunch break

Part II Analyzing racism in Japan

Session 2: Chair: Margaret Kartomi (Monash University)

13:40-14:20 “The Difficulty of Differentiating Japanese Racial Difference: the Problem of Racialization and the Paradox of Visibility”       Ayako Saito (Maiji Gakuin University)

14:20-14:35 Discussant: Olivia Khoo (Monash University)

14:35-15:10 Discussion

15:10-15:30 Coffee break

Session 3: Chair: Gil-Soo Han (Monash Univerisity)

15:30-16:10 “Colonial and the Cold War Origins of Racism: Theorizing Korea-phobia in Contemporary Japan”          Ryuta Itagaki (Doshisha University)

16:10-16:25 Discussant: Ghassan Hage (University of Melbourne)

16:25-17:00 Discussion

Part III Concluding Session

17:00-18:00 Further discussion and planning for future collaboration