Musco Center for the Arts. Chapman University College of Performing Arts. Panel Discussion. Must Center and Leatherby Libraries Present Remembering the Incarceration. Kishi Bashi & Dr. Stephanie Takaragawa.


Musco Center and Leatherby Libraries present:

Remembering the Incarceration
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 | 7:00 p.m.


At this in-person panel, Kishi Bashi is joined by experts in the Japanese-American Incarceration, Chapman University professors Dr. Stephanie Takaragawa and Dr. Rei Magosaki. Event will also be livestreamed.


About Rei Magosaki

Rei Magosaki is a specialist in the field of twentieth- and twenty-first century American literature and culture. Dr. Magosaki’s monograph, Tricksters and Cosmopolitans: Cross-Cultural Collaborations in Asian American Literary Production (Fordham UP, 2016), is the first sustained exploration into the history of cross-cultural collaborations between Asian American writers and their non-Asian American editors and publishers. The volume focuses on the literary production of the cosmopolitan subject, and features writers Sui Sin Far, Jessica Hagedorn, Karen Tei Yamashita, Monique Truong, and Min Jin Lee. A documentation of the dramatically changing publishing history from the late nineteenth century through the age of global capitalism, the book also reveals a range of negotiations between these authors and their publishers, between the shared investment in both politics and aesthetics which influenced the narrative structure of key works in major works of Asian American narrative fiction.

She writes in both English and in Japanese, and her scholarly essays have been published in the U.S., Japan, India, and elsewhere. She has written for Los Angeles Review of Books, and holds a regular column in Japanese at Sayusha, a literary press in Japan, entitled “Dispatches from Southern California: With Love from the Land of Sunshine”. Her developing interest in ecocriticism is reflected in an upcoming book chapter on the Japanese poet and scholar Keijiro Suga.

Dr. Magosaki was the recipient of Chapman University’s faculty grant for scholarly activity in 2011, 2012, and 2019. Her latest scholarly interest is on the literatures of the desert Southwest. 

About Stephanie Takaragawa

Stephanie Takaragawa is a cultural anthropologist whose research examines cultural display. Her research broadly focuses on media, art, performance, exhibition, and theme parks and their relationship to racial representation. Much of her work specifically looks at the Japanese-American incarceration during WWII and how that is understood, represented and memorialized in the present. Her teaching areas include cultural anthropology and visual culture, Asian American studies and race and ethnic studies. 

She was president of the Society for Visual Anthropology (2015-2017)( a subsection of the American Anthropological Association and a founding member of the curatorial collective Ethnographic Terminalia (

Associate Professor, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs 
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of Sociology


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