Dr. Akiko Takeyama 10 Feb 2017
ANTHROPOLOGY COLLOQUIUM SERIES
with support from the Asian Studies Center, and the Japan Iron and Steel Federation and Mitsubishi Endowments
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: 3106 WWPH