ICJS Event: TUJ/SAIS Reischauer Center Asianism Seminar Tokyo

Date
Monday, June 25, 2007
Time
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Venue
Temple University, Japan Campus
Mita Hall Room 403 (Access)
Admission
Open to general public.
RSVP
Registration closed

Temple University Japan's Korea Japan Group and the Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies cordially invites you to a discussion "Japan's Asianism in 1868-1945: Dillemmas of Japanese modernization" by Ms. Yukie Yoshikawa, Senior Research Fellow The Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies. Professor Sven Saaler, Associate Professor from Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo, is invited to appear as a guest commentator.

Japan suffers from a deep identity problem: Is quintessentially Asian or an honorary member of the West? Since the end of the Second World War, Japanese diplomacy has considered relations with the US as its top priority, generally prefering to side with America rather than with other Asian countries.

The tensions in Japan between a Western orientation and Asianism are not new. The country experienced a similar situation after its victory in the Russo-Japanese War in 1905 which led to the extension of Japan's colonial empire (started in 1895 when it aquired Taiwan). From Meiji to the end of the WWII, Asianists hesitated between various options to manage Japan's ties with Asia.

This discussion explores an answer to a question of whether contemporary Japan can promote regionalism in Asia and if it should still be scared of the ghost of its past history by looking back to the thoughts and actions by Asianists during 1868-1945.


About ICJS

The Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (ICJS) is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan and Asia.

About ICJS

The ICJS is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan and Asia.