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Glorify the Empire: Propaganda in Manchukuo
- Annika Culver (Assistant Professor of East Asian History at Florida State University)
Dr. Culver’s recent book, Glorify the Empire: Japanese Avant-Garde Propaganda in Manchukuo (University of British Columbia Press, 2013 and University of Washington Press, 2014), explores how, in the thirties and forties, once anti-imperialist intellectuals from Japan produced modernist works celebrating the modernity of a fascist state and reflecting a complicated picture of complicity with, and ambivalence towards, Japan’s utopian project in Manchukuo. During the war, literary and artistic representations of Manchuria accelerated, and the Japanese-led culture in Manchukuo served as a template for occupied areas in Southeast Asia. A groundbreaking work, Glorify the Empire magnifies the intersection between politics and cultural production in a rarely examined period in Japanese history.
Assistant Professor of East Asian History at Florida State University
Professor Annika A. Culver is Assistant Professor of East Asian History at Florida State University, where she specializes in Japan-related topics, and is working on projects associated with globalizing the Institute for World War II and the Human Experience. She studied at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, and Vassar College. She also serves as a scholar in Cohort II of the US-Japan Network for the Future, and has taught at the University of Chicago, Beijing University, Skidmore College, and the University of North Carolina. Her research interests include Manchuria/Manchukuo, Japanese cultural imperialism, wartime politics and the arts in East Asia, propaganda/advertising, gender and consumption, Sino-Japanese relations, and US-Japan relations. In association with the Institute for WWII and the Human Experience, Dr. Culver is leading the digitization and archivization of the Oliver L. Austin Photographi c Collection, which features scenes from Tokyo under the US Occupation from the viewpoint of a Harvard-trained ornithologist working for SCAP who was close to the imperial family. She recently received the William F. Sibley Memorial Translation Prize, and has received grants and fellowships from USIIE (Fulbright), Japan Foundation (Book Subvention), Kajima Foundation (Book Subvention), Association for Asian Studies (China and Inner Asia Council), and the Institute for Advanced Study (Visitor Affiliation). Current projects include a monograph on the advertising of western consumer products produced by Japanese companies from the 1880s-1938, and a book on Dr. Austin’s work in postwar Korea and Occupied Japan. (For more info please visit http://history.fsu.edu/