The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.

Seminars, Symposia, and Academic Conferences

Friday, August 27 ~Sunday, August 29, 2010
《International Forum》The Second International Conference on CultureWear and Diaspora Museum


I International Forum


Cultural Fusion in Diaspora: Ethnic Costume, Fashion, and CultureWear


As we approach the second decade of the 21st Century, the migration of various peoples globally continues to accelerate rapidly, resulting in the fusion of cultural and societal influences in many parts of the world. In many countries and regions, as traditional costumes disappear from everyday life, international and cultural influences ensuing from the migration of people are helping to reshape societal frameworks and inspiring new customs and trends in dress.. This forum aims to explore the current environment and the ongoing integration of cultures through Diaspora as exhibited through costumes and clothing. It is hoped that this forum will also help generate ideas and advance the development of a new comprehensive, multi-cultural Diaspora Museum.


Venue: Seminar Room No. 4, National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku)

August 27 (Friday)
10:00 Registration
10:30-10:35 Greetings by Shiro Sasaki, Deputy Director-General, Minpaku
10:35-10:45 Introduction of the participants by Hirochika Nakamaki, Professor, Minpaku

Keynote Speeches Chair: Hirochika Nakamaki, Professor of Minpaku

10:45-11:15 Seeking Unity in Diversity: CultureWear and Diaspora Museum
Hesung Chun Koh, Chair, East Rock Institute; Director Emerita, East Asian Research, HRAF, Yale University
11:15-11:45 The Will to Adorn: African American Cultural Diversity and the Aesthetics of Dress and Personal Adornment
Diana Baird N'Dainye, Smithsonian Institution
11:45-12:15 Collection and Database of Costume and Clothing of National Museum of Ethnology
Haruko Takahashi, Professor of Osaka Shoin Women's University
12:15-13:30 Lunch

Session I: Diaspora as Forces for Creating New Culture Chair: Toshio Asakura, Professor of Minpaku

13:30-14:00 One Mask, Many Faces: New Expansion of Chinese Diaspora
Chen Tien-shi, Associate Professor of Minpaku
14:00-14:30 Chinese Dress in Diaspora
Lie Xie, Lecturer of Tohoku University of Art and Design
14:30-15:00 Kimono and it's Beauty
Kazuko Hattori, President of Hattori Kazuko Kimono Academy
15:00-15:30 Break

Session II: Exploration of CultureWear Chair: Yoshio Sugimoto, Professor of Minpaku

15:30-16:00 Indian Traditional Textiles Designed for Japanese Market
Shuri Miyaji, Lecturer of Nagoya University of Arts
16:00-16:30 The Circulation of Non-Resident Indian (NRI) Fashion: Transnational Sari?
Aarti Kawlra, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India
16:30-17:00 Clothing Culture of the Rabari People in Western India
Yoko Ueba, Assistant Professor of Minpaku
17:00-17:45 Fusion Costumes and Clothing of Asian Diaspora
Shim Hwa-jin, President, Sungshin Women's University
Kim Kyunghee, Professor, Sungshin Women's University
Min Jung Chang, Lecturer, Sungshin Women's University
18:00-19:30 Reception at Minpaku Restaurant
August 28 (Saturday)

Session III: Exploration of CultureWear (Continued) Chair: Chen Tien-shi, Associate Professor of Minpaku

10:30-11:00 The Material Basis of Ethnic Identity: Does Infrastructure Determine the Practice of Body Modification?
Donald Bruce Dickson, Professor of Anthropology, Texas A and M University
11:00-11:30 Through the Eyes of a Child: Exploring the Potential Role of Dolls in CultureWear
Christopher Y. Park, President of East Rock Institute, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York.
11:30-12:00 Cultural Education through Clothing: Strengthening the Fabric of Friendships: The Girls' Friendly Society Explores Culture Connections through Fashions
Read on behalf of Delores M. Alleyne, Vice President, GFS/USA
12:00-13:30 Lunch

Session IV: Prospects of the Business Model for CultureWear Chair: Koichiro Hioki, Professor of Kyoto University

13:30-14:00 New Frontiers for Museums: Exploring the Interaction of Globalization, Youth Culture and Technology.
Mu-Young Lee, Accuray Inc, Sunnyvale, California, and Vice President of Development, East Rock Institute.
14:00-14:30 Factors Affecting a Consumers Attitude toward Ethnic/Culturally Inspired Design Approaches
Jinsook Erin Cho, Associate Professor, Fashion Marketing and Management, Parsons The New School for Design
14:30-15:00 Korean Japanese and their Ethnic Costumes: A Business Perspective
Hyang-Mi Chu, Research Assistant of Kyoto University
15:00-15:30 Break

General Discussion Chairs:Hirochika Nakamaki, Professor of Minpaku
Hesung Chun Koh, Chair, East Rock Institute; Director Emerita, East Asian Research, HRAF, Yale University

15:30-17:00 Discussants:
Koichiro Hioki, Professor of Kyoto University
Mayuko Sano, Associate Professor of International Research Center for Japanese Studies
Yuka Sato, Assistant Professor of National Museum of Japanese History
Kazuhito Sawada, Associate Professor of National Museum of Japanese History
Seiko Sugimoto, Professor of Kyoto Bunkyo University
17:15-18:30 Farewell Cocktail Party at Seminar Room No. 3

II Show with Explanation on CultureWear: Wearing Culture and Mindnd

August 29 (Sunday)
  • Venue: Auditorium, Minpaku
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: Prof. Nakamaki's Office, 06-6876-2151

Download the flyer[PDF:225KB]

CultureWear is a creative venture dedicated to designing children's attire by blending ethnic and cultural flair with modern design. The purpose is to educate and inspire not only children, but also communities world-wide through fashion-forward cultural exchange. It is also an international movement focused on increasing cultural competency. Through the utilization of gently used clothes to refashion children's clothing, it also acts as a green movement.

The CultureWear movement was proposed and initiated by Dr. Hesung Chun Koh, Chair of the East Rock Institute, who is a Korean American living in the United States. The ultimate aim of the CultureWear movement is to help the development of a comprehensive, multi-culture Diaspora Museum that meets the demand of growing numbers of multi-cultural families and communities resulting from immigration and globalization.

There will be a CultureWear fashion show of garments modeled by Japanese children. Approximately 30 different newly designed garments, incorporating the traditional motifs of eight different immigrant groups now living in Japan will be displayed. These CultureWear garments were newly designed and created by members of Sungshin Women's University Textile and Clothing Department in Seoul, Korea. A cultural explanation of each CultureWear item will accompany the runway fashion show.