DR. ALISA FREEDMAN: EMOJI ESSENTIALS – ILLUSTRATING CULTURAL LITERACY AND JAPAN
NOTE: This year’s annual Kazuki Fukuda-Abe Endowed Lecture Series in Contemporary Japanese Arts will be held Thursday, March 7, in the SJSU Union Theatre, from 5 – 6 pm.
Dr. Alisa Freedman, Professor of Japanese Literature, Cultural Studies, and Gender at the University of Oregon will provide this year’s Fukuda-Abe Endowed lecture. What happens when you look at the emoji in your phone – can they teach you something about Japan? About global societies? Unicode emoji, originating in Japan but expanded through worldwide usage, is a means to assess the globalization of Japanese popular culture. Emoji simultaneously reveal diversity and discrimination within cultures, but unless used together with established modes of expression, misunderstandings can be common. Literature, as one of the most intentional, nuanced, and affective uses of language, provides insight into this lesson. This presentation will explore what emoji teach us about ourselves, our world, and the visual art of communication.
Date(s) - March 07, 2019
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm