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In Search of Peace: The Peace Movement in Japan and the US

September 4th and 5th, 2007

A two-part series, “In Search of Peace” will begin with a screening of Takeharu Watai’s “Little Birds,” an award-winning documentary about the Iraq war, introduced by Mr. Watai himself.

Part Two will be an intriguing and thought-provoking discussion about the history, evolution and future of the peace movement in Japan and how it compares to the peace movement in the US. Our three panelists will discuss the history of Japan’s peace movement dating back to the political turmoil after the end of World War II, and compare the strength and effectiveness of the peace movements in both countries in shaping their nation’s policies on Iraq.

Dates & Times
Tuesday, September 4, 2007, Showing of “Little Birds”
6:45 pm – Introduction by Takeharu Watai
7:00 pm – Film Screening

Wednesday, September 5, 2007, Panel Discussion
5:30 pm – Reception
6:00 pm – Program
7:30 pm – Q&A

500 Washington Street, 5th Floor, Founder’s Room

Members & Students: $5 | Non-members: $9 | JS Student Members: FREE

Panel Discussion:
Members & Students: $8 | Non-members: $18 | JS Student Members: FREE

Group rates for students available; please contact us for details at 415.986.4383.

Come to both for $10 (Members & Students) or $20 (Non-members)!

Speaker Bios
Wesley Sasaki-Uemura: Associate Professor, Asian Studies Program, University of Utah
Wesley Sasaki-Uemura’s research focuses on the social and intellectual history of postwar Japan, including his 2006 Fulbright research project entitled “The Art of Protest in 1960s and 1970s Japan.” He is the author of: “Organizing the Spontaneous: Citizen Protest in Postwar Japan.” (2001)

Stephen Zunes: Professor, Politics and International Studies, University of San Francisco
Stephen Zunes’ teaching and research focuses on U.S. foreign policy, social movements and nonviolent action, conflict resolution, terrorism, globalization and Middle Eastern politics. He chaired USF’s Peace & Justice Studies program from 1998 to 2005 and serves as a writer and Middle East editor for Foreign Policy in Focus. He is the author of Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism (2003) and Nonviolent Social Movements (1999.)

Takeharu Watai: Journalist and Documentary Filmmaker
Takeharu Watai has worked with Asia Press International, a news agency for independent video journalists, since 1998. In 2003 he reported from Baghdad for Japanese television. Watai received the 2003 Vaughn-Ueda Awards Special Prize and the 41st Galaxy Awards Excellent Reporting Prize. His film “Little Birds” won the Human Rights Award at the 2005 Locarno International Film Festival and the 2005 Japan Conference of Journalists award.

Generously co-sponsored by the USF Center for the Pacific Rim and American Friends Service Committee
Community co-sponsor: Asia Society Northern California.

$ 5.00 USD (Film (members & students))
$ 9.00 USD (Film (non-members))
$ 0.00 USD (Film (JS student members))
$ 8.00 USD (Panel Discussion (members & students))
$ 18.00 USD (Panel Discussion (non-members))
$ 0.00 USD (Panel Discussion (JS student members))
$ 10.00 USD (Film & Panel (members & students))
$ 20.00 USD (Film & Panel (non-members))