The Eighth Oceanic Popular Culture Association (OPCA) Conference held on May 27-28 on the Chaminade campus, brought together an international cadre of scholars for presentations on cultural studies research, particularly scholarship addressing Oceania and the Pacific.
Presenters came from across the world: Kalaepohaku to Manchester UK, West Oahu to Texas. Attendees also came from all over to the biennial conference and included students, faculty and staff from Chaminade University, the UH system, and Hawaii Pacific University .
Some of the fascinating presentations included:
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.
There was even something on Captain America. The conference also offered a screening of the Hawaii made film, “Hao Wela: The Untold Story of Hot Rodding in Hawai’i.” The “rough cut” of the film delved into the fascinating subculture of Hawaii’s hot rodders, from drifting to the old classics. Filmmakers Wojciech Lorenc and Mark Hanson were on hand to answer questions from the audience.
Chaminade English professor, Cheryl Edelson, PhD and University of Hawaii – West Oahu professor Stanley Orr, PhD were conference organizers. Chaminade’s Humanities Division hosted the two-day event, which was supported by a generous grant from the National Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association.