Monday, February 25, 2008

Frederik L. Schodt to Speak at USF on Tuesday!

February 26, 2008, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
USF Main Campus, Xavier Hall, Maraschi Room

The Anime/Manga Revolution: Osamu Tezuka and 'Astro Boy'
A public lecture by Frederik L. Schodt

In this illustrated presentation, noted Japan expert Frederik L. Schodt examines the art of manga and anime, the connection between fantasy robots and technology, and the lifework of Osamu Tezuka (1928-89), the pioneering genius of manga and TV animation in Japan. Tetsuwan Atomu, or 'Mighty Atom,' (known in the United States as 'Astro Boy'), is his life's masterwork because of the character's profound cultural impact. Befriended by Mr. Osamu, Frederik Schodt combines the pespectives of friend and cultural historian in assessing the growing significance of both anime and manga in his new Stone Bridge Press book, The Astro Boy Essays.

Presented by the USF Asian Studies Degree Program. Coponsored by the University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

China for Businesswomen in Bay Area Business Woman

Business expert Tracey Wilen-Daugenti's new Stone Bridge Press release, China For Businesswomen: A Strategic Guide to Travel, Negotiating, and Cultural Differences, was featured prominently in the January 2008 issue of Bay Area Business Woman in an article by Julia Dodge titled "China is doing business with women." Dodge was clearly inspired by the book, ending her analysis with this: "So don't believe the hype...women can do business in China!"

The Astro Boy Essays at the Comics Village

The Comics Village features a review of Frederik L. Schodt's The Astro Boy Essays today. Reviewer Michael Aronson writes: "It’s hard to go wrong with Schodt at the helm. . . . [T]hat which he offers up is particularly revealing"
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Friday, February 01, 2008

Frederik L. Schodt Around the World

This photo from The Astro Boy Essays author Frederik L. Schodt's recent talk at Mission San Jose High School demonstrates just how fun Schodt's presentations on Japanese culture are for all ages!

Schodt will be all over the world in the coming months. Here is an up-to-date list of his events. Check back often for updates.

Feb 9
With Tim Hornyak on Robots in Japanese science and fiction. At the Kennedy Center (Millienium Stage) in Washington D.C. 3 p.m. Free! (more info...)

Feb 26: Presentation on manga/anime and Osamu Tezuka at the University of San Francisco. Details coming soon.

March 19: Lecture at
The College Women's Association of Japan in Tokyo. More info coming soon here.

March 23: Book talk at Good Day Books in Tokyo. More info coming soon!

April 26-27: Author appearance at the LA Times Festival of Books in Los Angeles. More details coming soon!

Roland Kelts at the Japan Society in San Francisco

Roland Kelts, author of Japanamerica and contributor to the April 2008 Stone Bridge release A Wild Haruki Chase: Reading Murakami Around the World, will be speaking at the Japan Society in San Francisco on Wednesday, February 6. More info.

Anime Classics Zettai! in School Library Journal

School Library Journal is the newest fan of Anime Classics Zettai!: 100 Must-See Japanese Animation Masterpieces by Brian Camp and Julie Davis. In SLJ's February 1 issue, reviewer Jamie Watson writes:

"The book will be of interest to teens and also serve as a great reference for collection development. . . . Indispensable for anyone with an interest in anime."
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