Gift-Giving Practices in Japan
During this lunch seminar, Dr. Mary J. Eberhardinger briefly presents her latest research on gift-giving practices in Japan from her new book followed by questions and discussion on attendees’ personal experiences with gift-giving in Japan. Dr. Eberhardinger’s book “A Rhetoric and Philosophy of Gifts” examines the relationship between gifts and rhetoric, with particular attention given to Japan where she lived as a JET Program assistant language teacher in Hyogo from 2008-2010. Her book includes a review of related literature, analysis, examples, and personal anecdotes of overseas experiences. Eberhardinger concludes the book by offering implications and opportunities for interpreting gifts, thereby addressing why the question concerning the relationship between gifts and rhetoric matters for the larger landscape of international relations, intercultural friendship, and peace-making.
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