Putting Japan in a Pacific Context
The illustrated lecture will suggest some interesting comparisons between Japanese cultural heritage and that of peoples of Austronesia and other parts of the Pacific. This lecture is based on long-term thinking, but not on detailed research, rather offering ideas for young people to think about for the future.
Joy Hendry is Professor Emerita of the Social Anthropology of Japan at Oxford Brookes University, founder of the Japan Anthropology Workshop and the Europe Japan Research Centre, and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh. She has held visiting associations with Tokyo, Dōshisha and Keio universities, carried out long-term fieldwork (over more than 40 years) in an agricultural/horticultural village in Kyushu, two longish spells in a seaside town south of Tokyo, and shorter periods in many other parts of Japan. She has published many books and articles on Japan, including the regularly updated textbook Understanding Japanese Society, which is about to go into a 5th edition, Marriage in Changing Japan, based on PhD work carried out in the 1970s in the community in Kyushu, and a collection of her articles entitled An Anthropological Lifetime in Japan Brill (2017).