WWII Japanese Propaganda & the Media Characteristics of Kamishibai

Among Japan’s most widely distributed forms of propaganda in WWII was kamishibai. Originally a performance medium for the entertainment of children, this medium–consisting of script, illustration, and performance–was co-opted for use by the government in its propaganda aimed at mobilizing the adults on the home islands and pacifying the adult inhabitants of Japan’s occupied territories. In exploring the effectiveness of kamishibai as a propaganda tool I have had to move from a literary studies point of view– analyzing primarily the messages produced by the plot and pictures–to one that considers the significance of the medium’s materiality: how it was made, manipulated, and consumed. For this meeting I will discuss the ways a consideration of kamishibai’s materiality illuminates techniques of political persuasion in WWII.

Venue: Community Lounge at MOA
Located near the MOA administrative entrance to the right to the main museum entrance and MOA café.

Open to students, staff, faculty and community members in and around UBC.

Dr. Fuyubi Nakamura, Curator, Asia MOA, Dr. Nuno Porto, Associate Director, Research & Co-Curator, Africa, MOA and Dr. Anne Murphy, Associate Professor, Department of Asian Studies at UBC.
If you have questions for speakers for the series, please contact Fuyubi. Email: fuyubi@mail.ubc.ca


WWII Japanese Propaganda and the Media Characteristics of Kamishibai


Sharalyn Orbaugh, Professor, Asian Studies, UBC


Thursday, January 15, 3:30-4:30pm

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