Friday, May 22, 2009


Oceanic Popular Culture Association Conference 
2009 Program Schedule


Keynote Speaker
Keone Nunes
Hawaiian tattoo master Keone Nunes leads the contemporary revival of kakau uhi— traditional Hawaiian tattoo. After studying with the late Paulo Sulu’ape, whose family has practiced traditional tatau in Samoa since the 12th century, Keone began to offer ancient and interpretive Hawaiian uhi (tattoo designs) using traditional implements. Working from a studio in his hometown of Waianae, on the leeward coast of O‘ahu, Keone uses the ka (striking mallet) and the moli (tattoo comb) to inscribe designs at once aesthetically beautiful, reflective of the individual’s genealogy, and suffused with spiritual power or mana. As he works with clients and apprentices to perpetuate Hawaiian tattoo, Keone directs most of his energies toward perpetuating traditional uhi vis-a-vis Native Hawaiians interested in recovering this dimension of their heritage. He has also passed on his knowledge to other indigenous practitioners in the Pacific, including Maori multimedia artist Henriata Nicholas and aspiring Yurok tattooer Teresa Hendrix-Wright. A former Visiting Artist at the University of Hawai’i, Keone has founded Ta Tatau: The Pacific Island Tattoo Association and he has lectured and consulted for organizations such as the Smithsonian, the Bishop Museum, the Maui Arts and Culture Center, and Te Papa Tangaroa (the National Museum of New Zealand).

Mahalo nui loa

This conference would not have been possible without the support of a generous grant from the National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association.

We owe a debt of gratitude to the 2009 OPCA Conference Area Chairs for their commitment to the conference:

Asian American Culture                           Asian Popular Culture
Amy Nishimura                                      Jayson Chun
University of Hawai‘i, West O‘ahu            University of Hawai‘i, West
  O‘ahu

Children’s/Young Adult Literature              Drugs and Popular Culture
Craig Svonkin                                        Mark Hanson
Metropolitan State College of Denver         University of Hawaii, West 
  O’ahu

Film Studies                                          Food and Popular Culture
David Arnold                                         Monique Mironesco
University of Wisconsin,                          University of Hawai’i, West
Stevens Point                                        O’ahu

Native Hawaiian Culture                        Oceanic Literature and Culture
J. Leilani Basham                                 Anna Marie Christianson
University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu           Brigham Young University, Hawai‘i

Poetry/Poetics                                     Popular Music
Richard Hishmeh                                  Fumiko Takasugi
Palomar College                                   Honolulu Community College

Religious Studies and Popular               Science Fiction and Fantasy
Culture                                              Jill Dahlman
Pete Steiger                                       University of Hawai‘i, Manoa
Chaminade University of Honolulu

Senior Culture                                    Surf Culture
Fred Augustyn                                    Jason Spangler      
Library of Congress                             Riverside City College

Terrorism and Political Violence
in Popular Culture
Alan Rosenfeld
University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu


Profound thanks to Chaminade University of Honolulu for hosting the conference. 

We would also like to recognize the staff of the CUH Humanities Division for months of assistance in organizing and preparing the OPCA conference. 

Special thanks to:
Dr. David Coleman, Dean of Humanities 
Dean McGinnis, Web Designer/Administrator
Steve Downey, Technical Support
Administrative Assistant, Cassandra Sakamoto
Student Assistants, Robyn Nelson, Jessica Kauhana, and Leanna Wong

Oceanic Popular Culture Association Conference 
2009 Program Schedule

Friday
May 22, 2009

8:00 a.m.
On-site registration and check-in
Continental Breakfast

8:30-9:00 a.m.
Opening Remarks
(Ching)

9:00-10:30 a.m.
Session 1
Dynamics in/of Popular Literature
(Eiben 207)

Moderator: Cheryl Edelson, Chaminade University

“Female Narrators and Erotic Pleasure in Eighteenth-Century Popular Fiction”
Larry L. Stewart, The College of Wooster

“Created Spaces in the Literature of Childhood: Implications and Consequences”
Elizabeth Gianfrancisco, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

“Dive into the Slipstream: Expanding the Boundaries of Fantastical Fiction”
Piper Selden, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

10:30-12:00
Session 2
Roundtable Discussion
“How to Get a Job in Academia and Live to Tell About it”
(Eiben 207)

Presenters:
Dr. John Bratzel, Michigan State University
Executive Director, Popular Culture and American Culture Associations

Dr. Gary Hoppenstand, Michigan State University
Editor, The Journal of Popular Culture

Dr. Lynn Bartholome, Monroe Community College
President, Popular Culture and American Culture Associations

Lunch (on your own) 12:00-1:30 p.m.

1:30-3:00 p.m.
Session 3A
Aging and Senior Culture
(Eiben 207)

Moderator: Frederick J. Augustyn, Jr., Library of Congress

“Changing Focus, Changing Homes (Downsizing or Upsizing?)”
Edith Thomas, Independent Scholar

“Sun City: Pioneer in Active Retirement Living”
Timothy J. Schoepke, Enoch Pratt Library

“Progressive Promises Made, Promises Kept? Richard Nixon and Pledges Made to Seniors During His Presidency”
Frederick J. Augustyn, Jr., Library of Congress

1:30-3:00 p.m.
Session 3B
Food and Popular Culture
(Eiben 201)

Moderator: Monique Mironesco, University of Hawai‘i, West O‘ahu

“Supersizing my daughter; or, Why is Gallaxhar battling Ginorimica in the backseat and how many calories will be consumed to set up next month’s toy fights?”
Wayne Tanna, Chaminade University of Honolulu

“The Romance is Gone: Changes in Women’s Roles in French Farmers’ Markets” 
Monique Mironesco, University of Hawai‘i, West O‘ahu

2:30-4:00 p.m.
Session 4A
From Culture Industries to Popular Cultures
(Eiben 207)

Moderator: Jill Dahlman, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

“The Frankfurt School’s Theory of Popular Culture: Aesthetics and the Transformation of Society”
Timothy Luther, California Baptist University

“Gathering of the Clans: The Evolution of the Scottish Surfing Subculture”
Paul Cook, Northumbria University

“The Wondrous Flight of the Conchords and a Celebration of the Ordinary”
Alan Chu, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

2:30-4:00 p.m.
Session 4B
Exploring Media and Cross-Sections of Asian American
Literature and Culture
(Eiben 201)

Moderator: Kelly Adams, University of Florida

“Hunger Pangs: "Food Pornography" Consumption and Contamination in Asian American Chick Lit”
Kelly Adams, University of Florida

"Fandom and Internet Forum Cultures: Transnational Spacing of Asian Television Online"
Maimuna Islam, College of Idaho

"Beyond the Axis of Evil: A New Generation of Iranian and Iranian-American Writers Emerges"
Daniel Grassian, Nevada State College

4:00-6:00 p.m.
Session 5
Local Hawai’i Language and Media
(Ching)

Moderator: Gavin Furukawa, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

Screening of Ha Kam Wi Tawk Pidgin Yet?

“Ha Kam Wi Tawk Pidgin Yet?: Researching Local Identity through Language”
Christina Higgins, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

“Identity and Epistemology Through Talking Story: Local Hawai’i Language Use on Television”
Gavin Furukawa, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

“Consuming the Consumers: Semiotics of Hawai‘i Creole in Advertisements”
Mie Hiramoto, National University of Singapore

6:00-7:30 p.m.
OPCA 2009 Reception
(Ching)

Saturday
May 23, 2009

8:00 a.m.
Check-in
Continental Breakfast

8:30-10:00 a.m.
Session 6A
Film and Other Languages
(Eiben 207)

Moderator: Stan Orr, University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu

“The Sociolinguistincs of Nigerian Home Video Films”
Emmannuel  Adedayo Adedun, University of Lagos, Nigeria

“‘L’onora della famiglia’: The semiotic use of the Italian
language in Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather Trilogy.”
Melissa Conway, Special Collections & Archives,
University of California, Riverside

“The Disneyfication of Architecture”
Karen Buzzard, Missouri State University

8:30-10:00 a.m.
Session 6B
Boundaries of/in Science Fiction
(Eiben 201)

Moderator: Jill Dahlman, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

“Superfarmers?: Superman and Batman as Keepers of Jefferson’s Agrarian Philosophy”
Jeff Johnson, Independent Scholar

“Remember January 31, 2001: The Revenge of the Mooninites in a Rhetorical Critique of Public Space using Argumentative Gaming”
Tanya Torres, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

“Star Trek and Religion?  Is there no god in space?”
Jill Dahlman, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

10:00-11:30 a.m.
Session 7A
The Dialogue of Terrorism: Communication, Appropriation, and Confusion
(Eiben 207)

Moderator: Alan Rosenfeld, University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu

 “Political Violence & Moral Justification: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Newspaper Reporting of the U.S. Attack on Afghanistan As Response to September 11th”
Allan Rachlin, Franklin Pierce University

“Nazi Influences on the Terrorist Agenda of Hamas”
David Patterson, University of Memphis

"Who Are Our Terrorists? Reflections on the Dark Side of American Film as Political Discourse." 
Janet Larson, Rutgers University

10:00-11:30a.m.
Session 7B
Asian Popular Culture
(Eiben 201)

Moderator: Jayson Chun, University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu

“Who is the Last Samurai?: Japanese audience reactions to The Last Samurai”
Jayson Chun, University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu

"One Night (Bakhtinian) Carnival:  Asobi, Nostalgia, And High School Rebels in Japan"
Patrick M. Patterson, Honolulu Community College

“Yaoi and Japanese Culture”
Kristiine Havener, Chaminade University of Honolulu

11:30-1:30 p.m.
Keynote Address: Keone Nunes
Luncheon

2:00-3:30 p.m.
Session 8
Pop Terror: The Porous Boundaries of Popular Culture and Political Violence
(Eiben 207)

Moderator: Alan Rosenfeld, University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu

“White Lotus Sect and Transgressive Political Violence in Qing China”
Wensheng Wang, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

“The 1972 Munich Olympics: When Terror Struck the ‘Happy Games’”
Alan Rosenfeld, University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu

 “The Recovery of Militant Islamic Groups of Pakistan in the Wake of the Recent Attack on Mumbai: A Cross-Sectional Analysis from the Indian Partition and Independence till Mumbai Attack 2008”
Manish Priyadarshi and Bodhi Wallace, Jawaharlal Nehru University

3:30-5:00 p.m.
Session 9
Cultural Intersections and Trans-Pacific Crossings in Asian and American Literature
(Eiben 207)

Moderator: Amy Nishimura, University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu

"Bereavement Travel and Asian American Literature"
Lucas Tromly, University of Manitoba

"Cultural Translation in Li-Young Lee's Poetry"
Sungfu Tsai, University of Calgary

"Toni Morrisson and Peering into the Bluest Eye"
Akira Leblanc, University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu

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