Coffee Life in Japan


A book talk by Merry White

Asia Society Northern California is pleased to co-sponsor this event with the Japan Policy Research Institute at the USF Center for the Pacific Rim (JPRI). Part ethnography and part memoir, this fascinating book traces Japan’s vibrant café society over 130 years. Merry White explores how coffee and coffee spaces have been central to Japanese notions about the uses of public space, pleasure, and modernity.

Professor White's past work includes books on Japanese education (The Japanese Educational Challenge, Free Press), internationalization (The Japanese Overseas, Free Press and Princeton University Press), adolescence and popular culture (The Material Child, Free Press and University of California Press), and family and social policy (Perfectly Japanese, University of California Press). She has also published work on education and international development, women in Japan, and even two cookbooks, Noodles Galore and Cooking for Crowds (both Basic Books). In addition, her work includes essays on food and culture published in Gastronomica (University of California Press) and in other media.

A special bonus: Byard Duncan of Blue Bottle Coffee will join us to talk about Blue Bottle and to demonstrate Japanese-inspired coffee-brewing techniques!

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. For reservations, please call (415) 422-6828. For more information, please click here.

Event Details

Wed 31 Oct 2012
5:45 PM
USF Main Campus, Fromm Hall
Free admission.
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