A Weber State University professor who has lived in Asia will speak on the rise of Rastafarianism, a Caribbean religious movement, in middle-class communities in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan, on March 23.
Rastafarianism, says Dean W. Collingwood, "sprang from the most impoverished and racially discriminated peoples of Jamaica and has now spread throughout the entire world wherever black people live. Why middle-class Japanese would subscribe to a philosophy of, by, and for poor black people is an important question, the answer to which reveals much about the changing attitudes and values of modern Japan."Collingwood, author of a college textbook on Japan and the Pacific Rim, will give the lecture at a meeting of the Intermountain District Council of the Japanese-American Citizens League at 10 a.m. at the Clarion Hotel, 999 S. Main, Salt Lake City. The meeting is open to the public.
Collingwood lived in Asia from 1968-1971, and again in 1986-87 and 1990, when he completed his most recent fieldwork. He has lectured througout the United States on Japanese culture, and has written two books about culture in the Bahamas. He is currently combining his interests in Japanese and Caribbean cultures by studying the growth of the Rastafarian religion in Japan.