Invisible Indigenous Descendants in Hokkaido

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Type: 
Seminar
Date: 
March 25, 2021
Location: 
British Columbia, Canada
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Ethnic History / Studies, Indigenous Studies, Japanese History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies

Invisible Indigenous Descendants in Hokkaido
Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm (PST)
Place: Online

In this presentation, Dr. Mai Ishihara will introduce the previously unexplored case of the silent Indigenous descendants in Hokkaido, Japan, and talk about the process of putting the pain of silence into words for those who could not inherit historical and social connections to indigeneity. In this age of diversity, mutual understanding has become increasingly essential. Yet, it remains a difficult task in many situations, such as the one highlighted in this presentation. It is not always easy to understand others' pain, especially when there is no social consensus on each individual's suffering or pain as they may be transparent and invisible. This presentation on Invisible Indigenous Descendants in Hokkaido aims to break the silence, confront the associated pain, and shed light on some of the challenges of understanding indigeneity.
 
SPEAKER
Dr. Mai Ishihara (石原真衣) is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Ainu and Indigenous Studies at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan. She specializes in Cultural Anthropology and Ainu and Indigenous Research. She is the author of Autoethnography of ‘Silence’: The Story of the Pain of Silent Ainu and Their Care (Sapporo: Hokkaido University Press, Dec. 2020 [in Japanese]).
 
Registration is required for this free event. Register HERE.
 
SPONSORS
David See-chai Lam Centre, Simon Fraser University
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
Center for Ainu and Indigenous Studies, Hokkaido University
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