The Edmond Sun

September 9, 2013

Passport UCO presents ‘Beyond Japanese Stereotypes’

Special to The Sun

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma’s Passport UCO program will present a free, open-to-the-public lecture from Japanese-American artist Roger Shimomura at 11 a.m. Thursday in the auditorium of the Forensic Science Institute.

Shimomura’s lecture, “Beyond Japanese Stereotypes,” will address his visual and performance art projects, which speak to sociopolitical issues of ethnicity. Shimomura was born in Seattle and spent two early years of his childhood in Idaho’s Minidoka Relocation Center, one of 10 internment camps in the U.S. for Japanese-Americans during World War II.  

Shimomura was a professor of art from 1969-2004 at the University of Kansas. He is in the permanent collections of more than 85 museums across the U.S., and his personal papers and letters are being collected by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.

“Roger Shimomura’s talk will appeal to people’s sense of both history and aesthetics, as his work speaks to his unique contribution to academia and the art scene,” said James Daro, professor of English at UCO.

Initiated in 2004, the Passport UCO program selects a country or region to celebrate during the fall semester. Its mission is to inspire unity and understanding through events that are both educational and entertaining for students and the surrounding community.

The “Passport to Japan” series will continue throughout the fall semester. For more information or a listing of events, visit, or email Wayne Stein, coordinator of the Passport UCO program, at