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[Lunchtime Lecture] The Life of Isamu Noguchi Journey without Borders


[An edited version of this lecture is available in the IHJ Bulletin, Vol.31, No.2, 2011.]

  • Lecturer: Masayo Duus, Writer
  • Date & Time: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 12:15-1:30 pm
  • Venue: Kabayama-Matsumoto Room
  • Admission: 1,000 yen (Students: 500 yen, IHJ Members: Free)
  • *Lunch is NOT included.
  • Language: Japanese (no English translation provided)

Though more than two decades have passed since his death, Isamu Noguchi continues to draw attention worldwide for his intriguing life and works. Ms. Masayo Duus who wrote The Life of Isamu Noguchi, Journey without Borders (Princeton University Press 2004), which was “One of Choice’s Academic Titles for 2005” and also “2005 Nonfiction Finalist for the Kiriyama Prize, Pacific Rim Voices,” based on eight years of research, describes him as a “fated border crosser.” In this program, we will invite Ms. Duus to talk about Isamu Noguchi, who crossed many “borders” and desperately sought for belonging between cultural divides such as those that lay between Japan and the United States or between sculpture and architecture, to think about the current meaning and relevance of Noguchi and his works.

Masayo Duus:

Masayo DuusA prize-winning author, has lived in the United States since 1963 and has written widely on the history of Japanese Americans. Among her other works translated into English are Tokyo Rose: Orphan of the Pacific (Kodanshsa International), Unlikely Liberators: The Men of the 100th and 442nd (University of Hawaii Press), The Oahu Sugar Strike of 1920 (University of Calif. Press).