Asia Institute Tasmania

Public Lecture | Reconstructing Japanese Food: Gender, Representation and Global Consumption


Dr Katsu Suganuma, Lecturer, School of Humanities, University of Tasmania

Start Date

13th May 2016 5:30pm

End Date

13th May 2016 7:00pm

Through aggressive campaigning by the Japanese government, 'washoku' (Japanese cuisine), was recently registered as UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage. Other Japanese food such as 'wagyu', 'ramen' and 'sushi' are well known to non-Japanese audience.  Where is this branding of Japanese food culture heading? What type of Japanese national identity does it aspire to (re)construct?

Dr Katsuhiko Suganuma is a Lecturer in the School of Humanities at the University of Tasmania. His area of expertise includes queer studies and cultural studies. He has extensively written on Japanese popular cultures through a lens of gender, sexuality, and food. He is a co-editor of a recent book, Boys Love Manga and Beyond: History, Culture, and Community in Japan (University Press of Mississippi, 2015).

This event is supported by The School of Humanities and The Asia Institute Tasmania, Faculty of Arts.

  • When: Friday 13 May 2016  
  • Where:  University of Tasmania, Faculty of Arts, School of Humanities, Level 3, Room 346