Roger Hardy Interview
Reiko Kage Interview
Professor Kage studies Japan’s civil society before and after World War II. She shows that despite the hardships of a long and protracted war, Japan’s civil society recovered strongly after the war. She examines the role of U.S. occupation reforms the experience of mobilization, and prewar legacies of civic activities in shaping the extent to which civic activities recovered and subsequently surpassed prewar levels. Rieko Kage is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Tokyo. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Kyoto University and her Ph.D. from Harvard University. In 2010-2011, she is Toyota Visitihg Professor at the Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan. Before coming to the University of Tokyo, she taught at Kobe University, Graduate School of Law. Her book, Civic Engagement in Postwar Japan: The Revival of a Defeated Society, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.
Jean Marie Offenbacher Interview
“Tea on the Axis of Evil" (2009) Written and Directed by Jean Marie Offenbacher, 67 minutes What is it like to live in an "evil" country, as described by the Bush Administration in 2002? For three years Director J. M. Offenbacher worked to reverse American stereotypes of Syrians during the making of this documentary, winner of the Noor Award for "Outstanding Documentary" at the Arab Film Festival, 2009. "When Syria was admitted to the 'Axis of Evil', I decided to move there, alone, to record ordinary life and create a document to stimulate healthy curiosity about this Arab community to counter the vilification that dominated the media and White House rhetoric." ReOrient films is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to creating films that question American stereotypes of "Eastern" cultures.
Marjan Tehrani Interview
“Arusi Persian Wedding" (2009) Written and Directed by Marjan Tehrani, 63 minutes When Iranian American photographer and his American wife travel to Iran for their traditional Persian wedding, the groom’s sister chronicles their struggles and excitement on film. Set against the turbulent relationship between the U.S. and Iran, Arusi Persian Wedding weaves the couple’s personal story with historical footage and offers a glimpse into a vibrant and complex country rarely seen in Western media.