Asia in Focus Speaker Series
Fall 2014 Spring Speakers
Thursday, Nov. 13th, 1:00-2:00pm, Ekstrom Library, W104
Dr. Todd Munson, Randolph-Macon College
Cigarette cards – small, colorful collectibles that first appeared in cigarette packs in the late nineteenth century – are virtually unknown in academic circles. This talk will discuss images of Japan in this medium from 1880s-1910s, and connect them to the larger historical context. By virtue of their collectability, audience demographic, and encyclopedic reach into virtually every area of human knowledge, these cards are a most useful vehicle for understanding turn-of-the-century depictions of race and otherness in the West.
See the list of our past speakers here.