Portland State University’s Center for Japanese Studies is hosting a lecture series in February. The Center brings the languages, literature, thoughts and culture of Japan to PSU students and the community.
On Tuesday, February 8, the lecture will address the cultural challenges of the Ainu, native people of northern Japan, a subject that bears a striking similarity to Native American experience.
The Ainu, indigenous to northern Japan, were deprived of their ancestral land by the Meiji Government in its process of colonization and reclamation in the late nineteenth century. A long oppression, forced assimilation and destruction of natural environment followed. The Ainu have been restoring their culture, identity and community in the middle of mainstream Japanese society, away from their ancestral land. Dr. Yoshiko Kayano will address how they have made this possible, as well as what she’s learned from them about their rich cultural tradition and the difficulties they still face.
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