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210 Pittsboro Street, Campus Box 6210
Chapel Hill, NC  27599-6210
(919) 962-2091   FAX: (919) 962-2279


Not for publication
Oct. 30, 1997 -- No. 805

Japanese scholars, students to share experiences at black cultural center

American church service - Japanese scholars, students, BCC representatives - First Baptist Church - 106 N. Roberson St., Chapel Hill - 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 2

Dialogue, reception - Japanese and UNC-CH students, scholars, faculty - Sonja Haynes Stone Black Cultural Center - Frank Porter Graham Student Union, UNC-CH - 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2

“Japan and African-Americans: A Comparative Perspective” - Visiting Japanese and American scholars - Rooms 211 and 212, Frank Porter Graham Student Union - 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3

Participants available for interviews 11:30 a.m. to noon and after 3:40 p.m.

Media representatives are invited to cover “Japan and African-Americans: A Comparative Perspective” Monday (Nov. 3) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and two preceding events on Sunday (Nov. 2) in Chapel Hill. Press kits with participants' biographies will be available at all three events.

Monday conference

Sponsored by UNC-CH's Sonja Haynes Stone Black Cultural Center (BCC) and Institute of African-American Research, the conference will feature black studies expertise of four Japanese scholars who teach at three Japanese universities. Seven Japanese college students will attend. The conference also will feature two visiting U.S. professors speaking on topics including “Japan and the Nation of Islam.”

Broadcasters: Audio feeds will be available if needed. The room is small.

Parking: Print and radio journalists should park in the N.C. 54 visitors lot on South Road east of Country Club Road and walk west to the union, or in the Hanes visitors lot off Cameron Avenue and walk southeast. Media also may park at News Services, 210 Pittsboro St. Obtain a visitor permit inside.

Broadcast media planning to attend should call Laura J. Toler or Karen Moon at News Services, 962-2091, by 9 a.m. Monday (Nov. 3) to reserve a parking space.

Sunday church service

The Rev. Dr. J. R. Manley will preside over the service at traditionally-black First Baptist Church, a 132-year-old congregation with about 100 members. The four Japanese scholars and seven Japanese students will attend with BCC representatives including director Dr. Gerald Horne. Interviews with Dr. Manley, Dr. Horne and others will be available after the service. Possible angle: What will be the cultural value for visitors and church members?

General guidelines: Dr. Manley requests that media remain inconspicuous and remember that a worship service is in progress. Holy communion, near the end of the service, will involve passing sacraments through the congregation.

The Japanese and BCC visitors will sit on the second and third rows in the middle section. Media seating will be reserved on the second two rows of the right section (as you enter the church). Media also may sit elsewhere in the church. Do not sit on the first rows.

The service will last from 11 a.m. until approximately 1 p.m. Media who need to leave early may use back doors or side doors at the front of the sanctuary (so down stairs to door to outside).

Broadcasters: Audio feeds are not planned. The church uses a P.A. system.

Photographers, broadcasters: Flashes and TV lights will not be allowed. Please be set up in the front corners of the sanctuary by 10:45 a.m. The sanctuary will open for set-up at 10 a.m. It is lined with stained-glass windows. In the event of rain, sanctuary lights will be on. Limited floor space for still and video photographers will be in the front corners of the sanctuary to allow shooting back toward the congregation and across to the minister and choir. Communion participants may be photographed from those corners. Please do not walk up and down aisles or across the front of the church during the service.

Directions, parking: From Franklin and Columbia streets at the center of Chapel Hill, take Franklin Street west to the Pyewacket restaurant on the left and Chapel Hill Tire Co. on the right. Turn right onto Roberson Street. The church is at the end of the block on the right, at Roberson and Rosemary streets.

Media visitors may park at Chapel Hill Tire Co., Chapel Hill Service Center (Franklin and Roberson), in the church lot at Rosemary and Roberson or along the streets.

Sunday reception

Possible angles: What do Japanese college students want to ask UNC-CH students about living in the United States, and vice versa? What surprises them most about each other's studies and lives? How will Japanese and UNC-CH faculty discover that teaching and intellectual climates are similar or different at their institutions?

Audio feeds: Not available.

Lights, flashes, recording, filming, photos: Permitted with subjects' permission.

Parking: No charge on Sundays at metered spaces in front of the union. Visitors also may park without penalty on Sundays in other university lots along South Road. However, avoid spaces reserved for those with disabilities.

Monday conference schedule

9-9:10 a.m. Welcome, UNC-CH Provost Richard Richardson
9:15-9:30 a.m. Introduction, Dr. Gerald Horne Director, Black Cultural Center and Institute of African-American Research
9:35-10:10 a.m. “Historical Context of Black Studies in Japan” Dr. Makoto Tsujiuchi, Hitotsubashi University
10:15-10:45 a.m. “Japan's Response to European Colonialism in Africa, 1800-1937” Dr. Richard Bradshaw, Centre College, Danville, Ky.
10:50-11:30 a.m. “Race, Ethnicity and Education in the Process of National Integration: The Case of Late 19th Century Japan and the United States” Dr. Ken Chujo, Obirin University

11:30 a.m.-noon Japanese students and scholars, UNC-CH participants, available for interviews

Noon-1 p.m. Lunch
1-1:40 p.m. “DuBois' Perspective on Asia and Japanese Colonialism” Dr. Masako Nakamura, Obirin University
1:45-2:25 p.m. “Japan and the Nation of Islam” Dr. Ernest Allen, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
2:30-3:15 p.m. “Farm Tenancy: U.S. South and Japan” Dr. Shinobu Uesugi, Yokohama City University
3:20-3:35 p.m. Concluding remarks Dr. Gerald Horne

3:40 p.m. Japanese students and scholars, UNC-CH participants, available for interviews

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Note: For a previous news release about the conference and the BCC, call Laura J. Toler, 919-962-209.
For coverage arrangements, call Laura J. Toler (print) or Karen Moon (broadcast), at 919-962-2091.
For more information about the conference purpose and the Japanese visitors, call Dr. Gerald Horne, 919-962-9001.
For more information about the conference or the Black Cultural Center, call Ange-Marie Hancock or Trevaughn Brown at 919-962-9001.

News Services contacts: Laura J. Toler, print; Karen Moon, broadcast