Patterson featured in East Meets West series

Dr. Patrick Patterson is Professor of History at Honolulu Community College and Adjunct Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, where he specializes in popular East Asian culture and history. .

A college professor will discuss how popular music has helped shape cross-cultural relations between Asians and Westerners, including Japan and Hawaii.

Asian Studies professor Patrick Patterson is the guest speaker for an “East Meets West” series on Saturday, July 30 at 1:30 p.m. at the Stanley Izumigawa Resource Center at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center in Wailuku.

The event is free and open to the public, but due to social distancing requirements, reservations are required. To register, call NVMC at 808-244-6862 or visit the website at www.nvmc.org.

Japan and Hawaii share a dynamic history shaped by immigration, culture and trade. The “East Meets West” series examines the similarities and differences between the cultures of Japan and Hawaii by inviting professionals from various fields to share their knowledge.

Patterson is Professor of History at Honolulu Community College and Adjunct Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, where he specializes in popular East Asian culture and history.

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In 2018 he published “Music and Words: Producing Popular Songs in Japan, 1887-1952”, a book about the establishment of Japan’s recording industry and its first major pop songwriter, Nakayama Shimpei.

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Professor Patterson is currently working on projects on transnational celebrities in Asia from 1920 to 1947 and on the relationship of journalism and storytelling to culture in Japanese newspapers between 1868 and 1926.

After meeting and speaking with contemporary singers and musicians from K-Pop, J-Pop and Enka, Patterson investigates the phenomenon of “City Pop” in an effort to understand the relevance of older music to younger generations.

In his keynote, Patterson will introduce “Border Song: How Popular Song Shaped Cross Cultural Identity in the 20th Century.” Patterson will explore the lives and songs of Yamaguchi Yoshiko, Hibari Misora ​​and Hattori Ryoichi – three popular people with gripping stories.


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