‘Portraits of Disability: Ordinary (and Extraordinary) Blind Women of Japan’ topic of Nov. 9 lecture

November 8, 2017 | Events, UToday, Arts and Letters
By Ashley Diel

The Disability Studies and Asian Studies programs and the History and Foreign Language
departments will present “Portraits of Disability: Ordinary (and Extraordinary) Blind Women of Japan” Thursday, Nov. 9, at 4 p.m. in Carlson Library Room 1005.

The presentation will be led by Dr. Wei Yu Wayne Tan, assistant professor of history at Hope College in Holland, Mich.


Tan’s forthcoming book explores the history of the blind and representations of blindness in Japan in a comparative perspective. It will be published by the University of Michigan Press.

He earned his PhD in Japanese history at Harvard and was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Dartmouth College.

“This is an important topic that is relevant to many disciplines,” said Kathryn Shelley, graduate assistant for disability studies. “It looks at the history of disability and how disability is viewed in other cultures. In learning about the history of blindness and blind women in Japan, one can better comprehend and relate to how disability is viewed throughout the world today.”

For more information on the free, public lecture, contact the Disability Studies Program at 419.530.7244.

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