This week, special guest reader Demetria Spinrad (whose own blog is available here, and makes for excellent reading) is on to read a script I’ve prepared about Akutagawa Ryunosuke, one of the foremost writers of modern Japan.
Though Demetria read the script, I still wrote it; any errors are still my own.
For our first ever guest episode, Sam Timinsky from the University of Wisconsin-Madison is on to talk about the history of Japanese women’s activism in the modern age. This is a chance to hear about an extremely important topic from someone who knows it much better than I do; I hope you enjoy it!
This week, we’re covering two women whose work in the Occupation helped reshape Japan into a modern state. Beate Sirota was the Austrian-born Jewish-American woman who pushed for Japan’s equal rights clauses in its Constitution, and Eleanor Hadley was a Seattle native who fought to disestablish Japan’s powerful zaibatsu. We’ll discuss the lives and contributions of these two incredible women.