Friday, May 25, 2012


Oceanic Popular Culture Association Conference
May 25-26, 2012
Chaminade University of Honolulu


Oceanic Popular Culture Association Conference
2012 Program Schedule

Friday
May 25, 2012

7:45 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
On-site registration and check-in
Continental Breakfast Available
(Loo Student Center)

8:00-9:30 a.m.
Session I: Hawai’i History and Popular Culture
(Henry Hall 102)
Moderator: Stanley Orr, University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu
“Maoli Art - Native Hawaiian Contemporary Artists”
Elizabeth A. Ho'oipo K. Pa Nakea, Chaminade University of Honolulu
 
“Administrative Computing and Campus Culture” 
Scott McGill, Michigan State University
 
Computers and Academic Change” 
John F. Bratzel, Michigan State University


Funny Kine Clothes: The Hawaiian Shirt as Popular Culture”
Marcia Morgado and Andy Reilly, University of Hawaii at Mānoa

“Ho‘oponopono, The Ability to Resolve Conflict: President Obama’s Early Years in Hawaii”
William M. Kirtley, Central Texas College and Patricia M. Kirtley, Independent Scholar 

10:00-11:00 a.m.
Keynote Address immediately followed by Luncheon
Lois-Ann Yamanaka
(Black Box Theater)

Lois-Ann Yamanaka taught English, Drama, and Speech for twelve years with the Department of Education (DOE). She was named one of the "25 Most Influential Asians in America" by A. Magazine, and was listed among "Those Who Shaped the Isles in this Century: 100 Who Made a Difference," by the Honolulu Star Bulletin. She is the recipient of the Hawai'i Award for Literature, the American Book Award, the Children's Choice for Literature, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She is the author of Snow Angel, Sand Angel; Saturday Night at the Pahala Theatre; Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers; Blu's Hanging; Heads by Harry; Name Me Nobody; Father of the Four Passages; and Behold the Many.

12:30-2:00 p.m.
Session 2A: Representing Gender in Popular Culture
(Henry Hall 104)
Moderator: Cheryl Edelson, Chaminade University of Honolulu
“Making Do ‘without Butter or Cream’: Portrayals of East German Women in Post-Unification Film”
Alan Rosenfeld, University of Hawaii at West O’ahu

“Bree’s Road Out of the Closet in Transamerica
Clinton Nishida, University of Hawaii at West O’ahu

“Reading from How The Mistakes Were Made"
Tyler McMahon, Hawaii Pacific University
  
12:30-2:00 p.m.
Session 2B: Televising Popular Culture
(Henry Hall 102)
Moderator: Aimee Ilac, University of Hawaii at Mānoa
“A Fundamental Divide: Religion, Fundamentalism, and Atheism in South Park
John A. Sweeney, University of Hawaii at Mānoa

Identity, Morality, and the Human-Monster: Dexter as a Postmodern Text
Robyn Nelson, California State University at San Bernardino

“Occasioned semantics and the construction of artistry: A sociological 
approach to Dancing with the Stars and The Voice
Gavin Furukawa, University of Hawaii at Mānoa

2:15-3:45 p.m.
Session 3: Japanese Popular Culture
(Henry Hall 104)
Moderator: Alan Rosenfeld, University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu
Mizu Shōbai Girls: Portrayals of Women in Japanese Nightlife
Emily Roberts, University of Hawaii at Mānoa

 “Anime for Architects”
Rebecca Weatherford, University of Hawaii at Mānoa

“Beautiful Fighting Girl: Perspectives”
Matt C. George, Hawaii Pacific University

Saturday
May 26, 2012
8:30 Continental Breakfast Available
(Loo Student Center)

8:45-10:15 a.m.
Session 4: Theorizing Popular Culture, Education, and the Academy
(Henry Hall 102)
Moderator: Stanley Orr, University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu
"Toward a Philosophical Reconstruction of Popular Culture: Three Normative Critiques"
Timothy Luther, California Baptist University

Elementary Science Methods Students Image and Perception of a Scientist at Work: A product of the CSI Effect?
Richard Jones, University of Hawaii, West O’ahu

10:30-12:00
Session 5A: Narrating Hawai’i
(Henry Hall 104)
Moderator: Robyn Nelson, California State University, San Bernardino
“Alex Sumida, King of the Fleecers: A con man in postwar Hawaii”
Jayson Chun, University of Hawaii, West O’ahu

"Narrative of Place in Literatures of Hawai'i"
Koreen Nakahodo Schroeder, Chaminade University of Honolulu

Mark Twain’s “rubbishy Sandwich Island hogwash”
Lydia Kualapai, Schreiner University

10:30-12:30
Session 5B
(Henry Hall 102)
Roundtable Discussion: Pedagogies and Popular Culture
Moderator: Mary Heller, University of Hawaii, West O’ahu
Fenny Cox, University of Hawaii, West O’ahu
Julia Myers, University of Hawaii, West O’ahu
Megan Martin, Teacher, Hale Kula Elementary School
Tami Sego, Teacher, Hale Kula Elementary
Jessica Soares, Teacher, Hale Kula Elementary
Angela Daoang, Teacher, Solomon Elementary
Avery Abordonado, Teacher, Wheeler Elementary
Erin Garza, Teacher, Wheeler Elementary School
Kathleen Kelleher, Teacher, Wheeler Elementary School
Amanda Langston, Teacher, Wheeler Elementary
Kerri Korycinski, Teacher

12:15-2:00 Catered Lunch
(Loo Student Center)

2:00-3:30
Session 6: Young Adult Realisms and Imaginings of Hawai’i
(Henry Hall 102)
Moderator: Cheryl Edelson, Chaminade University of Honolulu
“Watching da Kine to See da Kine: Working with and Against Tropes of Hawai’i”
Aimee Ilac, University of Hawaii at Mānoa
“Distorting Hawai’i: Young Adult depictions of Hawaii in print and on the screen”
Andy Godefroy, University of Hawaii at Mānoa

“Three is betta den one! My Triple Consciousness and Unmasking Filipino Identity in Hawaii”
Shannon Cristobal, University of Hawaii at Mānoa

Conference Organizers: Dr. Cheryl Edelson and Dr. Stanley Orr

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.

Profound thanks to Chaminade University of Honolulu for hosting the conference.
We would also like to recognize the University of Hawai‘i, West O‘ahu for support in organizing and preparing the OPCA conference. 

Special thanks to:
Eric Chock, University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu
Dr. David Coleman, Dean of Humanities 
Steve Downey, Technical Support
Paula Manz, Administrative Assistant
Robyn Nelson, California State University, San Bernardino
Cassandra Sakamoto, Assistant to the Dean of Humanities

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