edelson_cheryl_webChaminade Professor Cheryl Edelson
spearheads the OPCA.

The Eighth Oceanic Popular Culture Association Conference (OPCA) at Chaminade will bring together an international cadre of scholars for presentations on cultural studies research, particularly scholarship addressing Oceania and the Pacific.  Scheduled for May 27 and May 28, conference events will be held both days from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Clarence T. C. Ching Hall, Vi and Paul Loo Student Center. Members of the Chaminade community are welcome to attend.

Here are just some of the fascinating presentations: Asia Pop: Mass/Popular Culture Negotiations; Novel by Design: Reverse Engineering Pop Songs in the early 20th Century Asia Pacific; The Kkonminam (Flower Boy) Syndrome: Attaining New Masculine Beauty; Bubble Pop (K-Pop Stars, Fans and Gender in America); Japanese Pop Culture; Cosmos and Chaos in the Views of Ancient Religions in the Pacific; The Island in Hawaii Five-0; and Transformative Pedagogies: Using the Marianist Charism of Community and Collaboration to Respond to an Educational Crisis in Chuuk.

The campus community might be most interested in the OPCA screening of the Hawaii made film, Hao Wela: The Untold Story of Hot Rodding in Hawai’i.” The “rough cut” of the film will be shown on Friday, May 27 from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and includes a question and answer session with the filmmakers. To view the trailer, go to:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqmaazjzupI&feature=youtu.be

Contact Chaminade professor, Cheryl Edelson, PhD, at cedelson@chaminade.edu or (808)739-8533 for more information.  Conference and schedule information can also be found at: http://oceanicpopularcultureassociation.blogspot.com/