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2011 Conference


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Program 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2010 [updated 24.02.10]

VENUE:
Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility
Munk Centre for International Studies
University of Toronto

  8:30 – 9:00 REGISTRATION and breakfast
  9:00 – 9:15 WELCOME
  Joseph Wong (Director, Asian Institute, University of Toronto)
  OPENING REMARKS
  Senator Vivienne Poy (Senate of Canada and Chancellor Emerita of the University of Toronto)
  Consul General Tetsuo Yamashita (Consulate General of Japan, Toronto)
  INTRODUCTION
  Vanina Leschziner (Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto)
  9:15 – 10:15 KEYNOTE ADDRESS
  Examining Japan's Culinary Soft Power and the Geopolitics of Cuisine in East Asia James Farrer (Professor of Sociology, Sophia University, Tokyo)
  10:15 – 10:30 BREAK
  10:30 – 11:45

PANEL I: Food and Social Identity

    Five Myths of Premodern Cuisine Eric C. Rath (Professor Pre-Modern Japanese History, University of Kansas)
  Crocodile Sushi and Wasabi Slurry: Dynamics in Japanese Cuisine Michael Ashkenazi (Food Scholar and Author; The Essence of Japanese Cuisine: An Essay on Food and Culture)
 

Becoming Ainu in Tokyo: A Story of Urban Ainu Life told through Ainu Food  Mark K. Watson (Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University, Montreal)

  Discussant: Thomas Keirstead (Professor East Asian Studies, University of Toronto)
  11:45 - 12:30 FOOD DEMONSTRATION
  Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan
  Mina Makimine (Chef of Consul General of Japan)
  12:30 – 1:55 LUNCH
  Hosted by the Consul General Tetsuo Yamashita (Consulate General of Japan)
1:55 2:00 GREETINGS FROM THE FACULTY OF ARTS & SCIENCE
 

Ito Peng (Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science)

  2:00 – 3:15

PANEL II: Japanese Food Culture in Practice

    The Culture of Sushi in Japan and Canada: What a Difference a Country Makes? Hiro Yoshida (Chef, Hiro Sushi Restaurant)
  Chieko Fujita (Freelance writer and journalist; based in Japan)
  Sake in Japan & Canada - Lost in Translation Shotaro Ozawa (Sales Manager, Ozawa Canada Inc.)
  Discussant: Vanina Leschziner (Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto)
  3:15 – 3:30 BREAK
  3:30 – 4:45 PANEL III: Food, Politics and Economy
  Traditional Sushi Pizza: The Constructed Image of Japanese Culinary Culture Shaun Tanaka (Professor of Geography, University of Toronto)
  The Journey of the Flying Fish: Canada and the Birth of Modern Sushi Sasha Issenberg (Author of The Sushi Economy: Globalization and the Making of a Modern Delicacy and Washington Correspondent, "Monocle”)
  Discussant: Harriet Friedmann (Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto)
  4:45 – 5:00 CLOSING REMARKS
  Vanina Leschziner (Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto)

VENUE:
University Club of Toronto
380 University Avenue (South of Dundas Street)

5:30 – 6:30 RECEPTION
 

Sushi by Chef Hiro Yoshida (Hiro Sushi Restaurant)

 

Hors d'oeuvres by Chef Shigeo Kimura (Gingko Japanese Restaurant)

6:30 DINNER
 

Chefs: Hiro Yoshida, Shigeo Kimura

  With support from the Japanese Restaurant Association of Canada
 

Emcee: Mary Ito (Host, Fresh Air, CBC Radio One 99.1 FM)

  SAKE TASTING
  Shotaro Ozawa
  WINE PAIRING TALK
  Drew Innes, Wine Sommelier