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A century ago, the entertainers known as geisha were ubiquitous in Japan’s towns and cities. Today, less than a thousand can be found, mostly in larger cities and a few resort towns. This talk explores how changes in culture and technology have impacted the way geisha are seen by Japanese people in the 21st century.
Andrew L. Maske is Professor of Museum Studies and Director of the Gordon L. Grosscup Museum at Wayne State University in Detroit. His research focuses on the production, use, and aesthetics of Asian ceramics and on the roles of Japanese women in the arts. Dr. Maske received his doctoral degree (DPhil) from Oxford University in 1995.
This lecture is made possible with the generous support of the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant.
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