Dr. Akiko Takeyama 10 Feb 2017


with support from the Asian Studies Center, and the Japan Iron and Steel Federation and Mitsubishi Endowments

Akiko Takeyama

Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Kansas

Staged Seduction - Selling Dreams in a Tokyo Host Club

Thursday, February 10th, 3:00pm, 3106 WWPH

In Tokyo host clubs, ambitious young men seek their fortunes by selling love, romance, companionship, and sometimes sex to female consumers for exorbitant sums of money. Takeyama reveals a world where all intimacies and feigned feelings are fair game and theorizes the aspirational mode: seducing one another out of the present and into a hopeful future, in Japan’s service-centered economy.

Location Information

Location: 3106 WWPH