Transforming Japan – How Feminism and Diversity are Making a Difference

Steinhardt’s Commission on Gender, Race, Social Justice presents:

Kumiko Fujimura-Fanselow’s book talk on her new edited volume, Transforming Japan: How Feminism and Diversity are Making a Difference

Wednesday, March 30th | 12:00-1:30pm
Kimball Hall, Third Floor Conference Room | 246 Greene Street

Light lunch will be served.
Please RSVP to commission.grsj(at) by March 20th.

When the feminist movement arrived in Japan in the 1990s, no one could have imagined the transformational impact on every aspect of Japanese life. Lesbians and bisexuals are coming out of the closet, ever-present minorities are visibly activist, single mothers are a growing population, and women are becoming political leaders. In Transforming Japan, Kumiko Fujimura-Fanselow has gathered the most comprehensive collection of essays on these enormous changes in contemporary Japan, written by Japanese scholars and activists. Born in Japan, Kumiko Fujimura-Fanselow spent her formative years in the United States, witnessing the struggles of the civil rights movement and other social movements that followed in the 60s and 70s. She received her PhD in comparative sociology of education from Columbia University. She is currently professor of education and women’s studies at Toyo Eiwa University in Japan, where she has taught since 1989 and served as chair of the graduate program in human sciences from 2005 to 2009. She is the author and editor of numerous essays and books written in both Japanese and English, including Japanese Women: New Feminist Perspectives on the Past, Present and Future.