Fashioning Asian Identities

April 4 – 5, 2018
Fromm Hall, Maraschi Room

Join the USF Center for Asia Pacific Studies for a symposium exploring the links between dress, fashion and identity in modern and contemporary East Asia. We’ll trace changing fashion ideals, from the traditional to the modern, and see how Asian fashion is influencing global designs and markets today.

This event is free and open to the public.


Wednesday, April 4th

Keynote Address

5:15 – 6:30 p.m.
Addressing Identity Politics in Modern Asia: Hybrid Fashion and Cultural Cross-dressing
By Kyunghee Pyun, Ph. D., Assistant Professor, History of Art, SUNY-Fashion Institute of Technology

Thursday, April 5th

Session 1: Inventing Traditions

9:40 – 11:40 a.m.
Discussant: Wei Yang Menkus, Assistant Professor, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, University of San Francisco

  • "The Luxury of Words:" Authorities of Fashion in Nineteenth-Century China
    Rachel Silberstein, Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
  • "The Koreanness of Korean Dress: From a "Bizarre Look" to Runway"
    Minjee Kim, Independent Scholar, San Francisco Bay Area
  • Bursting at the Seams: From Bound Feet to Qipao in Zhang Ailing's "A Chronicle of Changing Clothes"
    Paola Zamperini, Associate Professor, Chinese Literature, Northwestern University

Session 2: Creating New Identities

12:45 – 2:45 p.m., Maraschi Room, Fromm Hall
Discussant: Jinah Oh, Director of Fashion Merchandising, School of Fashion, Academy of Art University; Partner at Picknic

  • Wearing Boyish Masculinity in Contemporary Japan: Aesthetics and Desire
    Masafumi Monden, Research Fellow, School of Design, University of Technical Sciences, Sydney, Australia
  • Scent of a Man in K-pop: Flowery Beauties, Chocolate Abs, and Men's Make-up
    Rachel Joo, Associate Professor of American Studies, Middlebury College
  • Fashioning the Spectacular Self: A Critical Examination of the Cosplay Phenomenon
    Anne Peirson-Smith, Assistant Professor in the Department of English, City University of Hong Kong


3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

  • 3:00 – 3:25 p.m., Introduction: "Wavering Bodies and Fluttering Minds: Lolita Fashion in Japan and North America"
    By An Nguyen, Co-Author, "So Pretty/Very Rotten" (2016)
  • 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Tokyo Street Fashion Contest


4:30 p.m.