With the impending release of the movie “Memoirs of a Geisha,” it is more timely than ever to note that despite - and because of - centuries of East-West interaction, “Orientalized” stereotypes of Asians in Western literature, stage, and screen remain pervasive. They color our East-West relations and relationships. The power of such images affects foreign policy, business negotiations and cross-cultural interactions in ways we don’t always recognize. Author Sheridan Prasso will lay out the thesis of her new book, The Asian Mystique: Dragon Ladies, Geisha Girls and Our Fantasies of the Exotic Orient and how these themes relate to the context of Japan and Korea today.
The National Association of Japan-America Societies, Keidanren, and The Japan-America Society of Washington, Inc. invite you to a special Korea Japan Study Group meeting featuring:
AUTHOR, THE ASIAN MYSTIQUE:
DRAGON LADIES, GEISHA GIRLS, AND OUR FANTASIES OF THE EXOTIC ORIENT
About the author: Sheridan Prasso is a writer, editor, and Asia specialist with more than 15 years of experience covering the region. She writes about global issues and international affairs, particularly from cultural, economic, and business perspectives. Her articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, The New York Times, Fortune, BusinessWeek, TIME, The Far Eastern Economic Review, The International Herald Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, and The World Policy Journal, among other publications. Previously, she spent eight years as New York-based Asia Editor, a Senior News Editor and Contributing Editor for BusinessWeek, after having served as Cambodia Bureau Chief and an Asia Regional Editor (Hong Kong) for Agence France-Presse (AFP), and starting her career with The Associated Press (AP) in Washington, D.C.
PRESIDENT, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF JAPAN-AMERICA SOCIETIES
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1150 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
Lunch & Refreshments will be served
Seating limited to 35---first come, first serve.