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Film Preview & Director Interview: Beyond the Arctic
Thursday, 5 November 2009; 5:45 PM
Fromm Hall, USF Main Campus

Have you dreamed of an Arctic journey to the North Pole?   The documentary Beyond the Arctic follows three Taiwanese adventurers (a CEO of an online games company, a marathon runner, and a college student) who take on the Polar Challenge. This incredible race requires contestants to trek 600 kilometers on foot over 21 days from base camp to the Magnetic North Pole. After a crash course on essential survival skills - glacier skiing, navigation, treating dehydration and frost bite, warding off hungry polar bears - the trio set off.

Join director Li-Chou Yang and producer Michelle Chu for an exclusive film preview (a substantial excerpt) followed by a Q&A session.

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Reservations recommended; call (415) 422-6828.

Presented by the Japan Policy Research Institute at the USF Center for the Pacific Rim, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco, and the San Francisco Film Society. Cosponsored by the Asia Society Northern California, the Chinese Historical Society of America, the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning, and the USF Environmental Science/Management Program.

Meet the Author: Jake Adelstein, Tokyo Vice
Wednesday, 21 October 2009; 5:45 PM
Fromm Hall, USF Main Campus

Jake Adelstein was a reporter for the Yomiuri Shinbun , Japan's largest newspaper, from 1993 to 2005. From 2006 to 2007 he was the chief investigator for a U.S. State Department-sponsored study of human trafficking in Japan. Considered one of the foremost experts on organized crime in Japan, he now works as a writer and consultant in Japan and the United States. He is also public relations director for Polaris Project Japan, which combats human trafficking and the exploitation of women and children in the sex trade.

In Tokyo Vice , Adelstein tells a riveting, often humorous tale of his journey from an inexperienced cub reporter making rookie mistakes - like getting in a martial-arts battle with a senior editor - to a daring, investigative journalist with a price on his head. At nineteen, Jake Adelstein went to Japan in search of peace and tranquility. What he got was a life of crime... crime reporting, that is, at the prestigious Yomiuri Shinbun. For twelve years of eighty-hour work, weeks he covered the seedy side of Japan that few Japanese even see, where extortion, murder, human trafficking, and corruption are as familiar as ramen noodles and sake. But when his final scoop brought him face to face with Japan's most infamous yakuza boss-and the threat of death for him and his family-Adelstein decided to step down for a time. Then, he fought back.

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Reservations recommended; call (415) 422-6828.

Presented by Asia Society Northern California in cooperation with JPRI at USF Center for the Pacific Rim and the Japan Society of Northern California.

Global Forum on Human Trafficking

October 8-9, 2009
Carlsbad, California

JPRI is pleased to support the upcoming Global Forum on Human Trafficking. The Forum will provide you with the opportunity to network with other abolitionists committed to ending human trafficking. Participants will meet global leaders who have pioneered the most effective and innovative methods to confront traffickers, provide service to survivors, and undercut forces that drive trafficking demand.

Discussion topics include:
* Innovative Models of Survivor Care
* Practical Execution of the Justice System
* Addressing Involuntary Servitude
* Countering Corruption
* Monitoring Supply Chains
* Undermining Trafficking Rings
* Justice System in Transition

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