In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Kinko Ito will talk about her journey from the diagnosis of breast cancer in June 2012 to recovery until July 2013. She was diagnosed with DCIS, Stage 0 cancer, and had a double mastectomy with reconstruction. A Stage 0 cancer is considered "pre-cancer" but if left on its own, it could grow and death is the most likely result. Her friends who have DCIS reacted to her surgery, but she was glad she took care of the problem at an early stage. Dr. Ito will talk about certain episodes that took place in the hospital and her sociological observations as well as give all the audience the message that early detection and treatment is the key to great health. And even when told "you have breast cancer" it is no longer a death sentence if cancer is found at an early stage, and after the surgery and reconstruction, you can have upgraded version of your breast that is brand new.
Dr. Kinko Ito earned her Ph.D. in sociology from the Ohio State University and is a professor of sociology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Her research interests include Japanese popular culture and the Ainu, a racial and ethnic minority group of Japan. She has published in Teaching Sociology, Contemporary Sociology,International Journal of Comic Art,Japan Studies Review,Journal of Popular Culture, Gurobaru Kyoiku (Global Education), Asian Popular Culture, Japanese Visual Culture, etc. She started her ethnographic research on the Ainu after her book A Sociology of Japanese Ladies’ Comics: Images of the Life, Loves, and Sexual Fantasies of Adult Japanese Women (Edwin Mellen Press) was published in 2011.
Dr. Ito's new book is Boutique Designer Boobs and Zen: How I Survived Breast Cancer and Stay Happy in America
For a lively discussion of current events, AR Freethinker's group news and business, join us in the spacious Darragh Center of the Main Library. Parking is free and plentiful on Sundays in the Main Library parking lot.
We usually adjourn at about 4:30pm and walk over to the Flying Saucer for dinner, drinks and more fun times.