"Footwork" is both a going-away gift for my brother (who recently left Japan after 15-plus years) and a teaching prompt for my first-year university-level EFL students whose end-of-semester project entails reporting on the "hidden/unknown/underside of [a person, place or thing]."

Key words: Keihan Train Line, found art, iMovie slideshow.
Part 1 (Chap.1-6)

Part 2 (Chap.7-8)

Part 3 (Chap.9-11)

Part 4 (Chap.12-13)

"How Many Hours Don't You Work?" is an interactive 13-chapter EFL textfilm, the target audience of which is advanced-level Japanese learners of English. Featuring interviews with three "working women" – one of whom is a Gaidai graduate – the film's overarching theme is 'work': What is it? When does it begin? When does it end? "How Many Hours?" is designed to privilege the development of interpretive skills: the skills required to negotiate the intersecting cultural narratives of class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and national identity.

Chapter-by-chapter learner handouts:
Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

"People and Women: The Underside of Masculine Gender Normativity"
A three-part 20-minute self-operating PowerPoint show designed to accompany "Re-De-Signing People."

Key words: pseudo-genericity, semantic space, markedness, discourse, female erasure, visibility strategy

"Re-De-Signing People"
By looking critically at everyday signs used in public facilities, this article, co-written by Tamarah Cohen and Kerstan B. Cohen, meets Kyoto Journal's call to address "changes, challenges and possibilities" of gender identity, while exploring "relations between gender, culture and power." The authors argue that "people signs" are pseudo-generic and offer rich possibilities for subversive "re-de-signing."

Published by Kyoto Journal, #64 Special Issue, September 2006; currently available in-full on-line at http://www.kyotojournal.org/gender/redesigning_people.shtml