"The Mark Spencer Hotel Lecture" at the Center for Japanese Studies, Portland State University
"The Political Landscape of War Memory in Japan"
Franziska Seraphim, Professor
of History at Boston
2005 marks the sixtieth anniversary of the end of World War II and perennial questions about Japan's relationship to its wartime past have moved into the public limelight once again (e.g., tension with China about how the past is portrayed in textbooks). At stake is not so much the war itself, but the ways in which the legacies of war, defeat, and foreign occupation became embedded in postwar public life in the decades after 1945, and how they may be re-negotiated today to meet the demands facing Japan in the post-Cold War world. This talk surveys the political dynamics that governed struggles over war memory in postwar Japan from the occupation period to the end of the twentieth century.
When: Thursday, October 20th 2005, at 6pm
Where: Room 338 Smith Union
Free and Open to the public
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With the support of Azumano Travel and the Japan-America Society of Oregon