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SJSU Kazuki Fukuda-Abe Endowed Lecture Series in Contemporary Japanese Arts
Start Date: 3/8/2018Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Date: 3/8/2018End Time: 7:00 PM

Event Description:
William M. Tsutsui, “The King of Monsters: Godzilla and Postwar Japan”

Since Godzilla’s first appearance over sixty years ago, the King of the Monsters has become a cinematic icon and a globally recognized symbol of Japan. But what can a giant, fire-breathing movie monster tell us about Japanese culture and Japan’s national experience since World War II? This talk will explore the serious lessons to be learned from the thirty Godzilla films and the growing worldwide popularity of the King of the Monsters, especially in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Event is free and open to the public. 
Location Information:
SJSU Main Campus - Morris Dailey Auditorium
Contact Information:
Name: Beverly Grindstaff, Chair, Fukuda Lecture Series
Phone: 408-924-2484
Email: Beverly.Grindstaff@sjsu.edu
Toho Studios
Additional Information
William M. Tsutsui is author or editor of eight books, including Godzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters (2004), and Japanese Popular Culture and Globalization (2010), as well as numerous articles on modern Japanese history. He has received Fulbright, ACLS, and Marshall fellowships, and was awarded the John Whitney Hall Prize of the Association for Asian Studies in 2000 and the William Rockhill Nelson Prize for Non-Fiction in 2005.
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