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The Scoop On Relationships In Japan

Laura Dales & Debbie Chan in discussion

On Valentine’s Day, typically, women in Japan give chocolates to men. Men then return the gesture a month later, on March 14, which is known as “White Day”. Not surprisingly, around this time Japanese society pays more attention than usual to stories about romance and love.

This session takes recent media coverage about gender and relationships as a point of departure to discuss issues and debates now circulating in Japan’s public sphere, drawing on the speakers’ complementary expertise to explore male and female perspectives.

This event is part of the talk series, titled “No Room for Romance? Masculinity, Femininity and Changing Ideals in Japan”, which runs February 27 – March 5 at The Japan Foundation, Sydney.

About Laura Dales
Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies, University of Western Australia

Laura’s expertise centres on agency, sexuality, friendship and dating broadly, as well as singlehood and marriage in Japan. She is currently working on a project examining intimacy beyond the family in contemporary Japan, funded by the Australia Research Council DECRA award. Her wide range of publications include Feminist Movements in Contemporary Japan (Routledge, 2009) and the co-edited collection Configurations of Family in Contemporary Japan (Routledge, 2015), as well as chapters in Intimate Japan (University of Hawai’i Press, 2018) and Happiness and the Good Life in Japan (Routledge, 2017).

About Debbie Chan
Researcher in Asian Studies, University of Western Australia

Debbie is a researcher in the department of Asian Studies at the University of Western Australia, and is in the final year of her PhD. Her current project focuses on how masculinity was constructed in Japanese visual and literary culture during the interwar years, and explores the links between gender construction and Japan’s project of nation-building in the early twentieth century.



Saturday 2 March 2019 from 2pm to 3pm

Doors open 1:30pm


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