Name: Jeffrey Dym
Title: Professor of History
Office Location: Tahoe 3088
Mailing Address: History Department, MS 6059, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-2605
Office Hours: Mondays 1:30-3:00, Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:30-11:30, And by appointment
Courses That I Teach
- History 6: Asian Civilizations (GE C2) TR 9:00-10:15 syllabus
- History 146A: Cultural History of Japan to 1800 (GE C2) TR 12:00-1:15, Brighton Hall 218 syllabus
- History 146C: The History of Manga (GE C2) MW 12:00-1:15, Brighton Hall 214 syllabus
- Asia 190: Faculty Led Study Abroad to Matsuyama, Japan syllabus
- History 6: Asian Civilizations (GE C2) TR 9:00-10:15
- History 146B: Modern Japan, 1800-present (GE D) MW 1:30-2:45
- History 192C: Seminar in Recent Interpretations of Asian History TR 12:00-1:15
- History 282Z: Podcasting W 6:00-8:50
- Asia 140/History 140: Modern East Asian Cinema (GE: C1 & Writing Intensive) syllabus
- Asia 190: Faculty Led Study Abroad to Matsuyama syllabus
- Asia 198: Seminar: Asia in the World Today
- History 6: Asian Civilizations (GE C2) syllabus
- History 50: World Civilizations (GE C2) syllabus
- History 146A: Cultural History of Japan to 1800 (GE C2) syllabus
- History 146B: Modern Japan, 1800-present (GE D) syllabus
- History 146C: The History of Manga (GE C2) syllabus
- History 192C: Seminar in Recent Interpretations of Asian History syllabus
- History 280A: Graduate Reading Seminar: syllabus
- History 282Z: Special Topics in Public History, Podcasting syllabus
- HRS 174: Modern Japanese Literature and Culture (GE C) syllabus
Benshi, Japanese Silent Film Narrators, and Their Forgotten Narrative Art of Setsumei: A History of Japanese Silent Film Narration. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press, 2003.
"Tokugawa Musei: A Portrait Sketch of One of Japan's Greatest Narrative Artists." In In Praise of Film Studies: Essays and Translations in Honor of Makino Mamoru, edited by Aaron Gerow and Abe Markus Nornes. Yokohama: Kinema Club, 2001.
Documentaries and Videos that I have made
Amaterasu, Her Jealous Brother Susano, and Weaving in Japan
Official Selection: Sacramento Film and Music Festival, 2018
Feature Length Documentary Audience Award Winner
Official Selection: Action on Film Festival, 2018
Part of "Making Faces: The Remarkable Masks of Master Bidou Yamaguchi" Exhibit at The Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields' Japanese Collection.
Check out the videos for each of the 88 Temples (and 20 Bekkaku Temples) of the Shikoku Pilgrimage
Bibliography for sources used in the films: Ohenro Bibliography pdf
Gold Medal, International Movie Awards, 2014.
During the silent film era, roughly 1894-1930s, Japanese silent movies were never silent. In addition to live musical accompaniment, they always had a narrator (benshi, setsumeisha) or a group of narrators accompany the film with running commentary and dialog (setsumei). If you would like to hear what Japanese silent film narration, or even Japanese silent film music, sounded like, then check out my YouTube channel of my 78RPM record collection of Japanese silent film narration. DymSensei’s 78 RPMs (SP盤)映画説明レコード Silent Film Narration Records
Heritage Politics: Shuri Castle and Okinawa’s Incorporation into Modern Japan, 1879-2000, by Tze May Loo. In The Public Historian 37.3 (2015): 146-148.
Nuclear Apartheid: The Quest for American Atomic Supremacy from World War II to the Present, by Shane J. Maddock. In Canadian Journal of History 46 (Autumn 2011).
North Korea Kidnapped My Daughter, by Yokota Sakie. In North Korean Review 6.1 (2010).
The Cinema of Naruse Mikio: Women and Japanse Modernity, by Catherine Russell. In Pacific Affairs 82:3 (Winter 2009/2010): 726-727.
Hip-Hop Japan: Rap and the Paths of Cultural Globalization, by Ian Condry. In Canadian Journal of History 42 (Winter 2007): 581-583.
Traditional Japanese Arts and Culture: An Illustrated Sourcebook, edited by Stephen Addiss, Gerald Groemer, and J. Thomas Rimer. In Education About Asia 12:3 (2007): 71.
Tolerance, Suspicion, and Hostility: Changing U.S. Attitudes toward the Japanese Communist Movement, 1944-1977, by Henry Oinas-Kukkonen. In American Communist History 4:1 (2005).
Native American in the Land of the Shogun: Ranald MacDonald and the Opening of Japan, by Frederik L. Schodt. In Canadian Journal of History 39 (August 2004): 446-448.
The Human Tradition in Modern Japan, edited by Anne Walthall. In Journal of World History 15: 1 (March 2004): 99-101.
Japan: A Modern History, by James L. McClain. In The Historian 65: 5 (Winter 2003): 1214-1215.
Wonju: The Gettysburg of the Korean War, by J. D. Coleman. In The Historian 64: 3 & 4 (Spring and Summer 2002): 787-788.
Writing in Light: The Silent Scenario and the Japanese Pure Film Movement, by Joanne Bernardi. In Monumenta Nipponica, 56:3 (Autumn 2001): 430-432.
Ph.D. History - University of Hawaii
M.A. Asian Studies - University of Michigan
B.A. East Asian Studies - Colby College
Research Scholar - Kyoto Gakuen Daigaku
Research Student - Waseda University