Associate Professor of Anthropology and East Asian Studies, Yale University
Professor Nakamura is a cultural and visual anthropologist whose research focuses on disability and minority social movements in contemporary Japan. Her ethnography about sign language, identity, and deaf social movements was published by Cornell University Press in 2006. More recently, she has been engaged in a new project on the comparative politics of severe physical and psychiatric disabilities in the United States and Japan. While her main focus is disabilities and minorities, she also works on issues surrounding gender and sexuality.
Chikako Ozawa-de Silva
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Emory University
Professor Ozawa-de Silva's academic vision is to contribute to cross-cultural understandings of health and illness, especially mental illness, and make a contribution to the field of medical anthropology by bringing Western and Asian (particularly Japanese and Tibetan) perspectives on the mind-body, religion, medicine, therapy, and health and illness into fruitful dialogue. Her first book is entitled Psychotherapy and Religion in Japan: The Japanese Introspection Practice of Naikan. Profesosr Ozawa-de Silva also researches suicide and mental health in Japan, and has published two articles on internet group suicide, a troubling phenomenon that has been on the rise in Japan, especially among young Japanese.