Stephen Noerper on the implications of Abe’s resignation for Seoul - WEAI Research Scholar Stephen Noerper wrote an article for Pacific Forum titled “With Abe’s Departure, What Next for Seoul?” outlining the implications of the resignation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for Korea-Japan relations. Noerper also suggests various points of focus to encourage reconciliation between the two countries, cooperation on areas of mutual concern, and […]
Gerald Curtis quoted in US media on Abe’s possible successor as Japanese prime minister - Professor Emeritus Gerald Curtis was quoted in The New York Times and the Washington Post about potential successors to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who recently announced he was stepping down for health reasons. In an August 31 article in the Times, Curtis suggested that Japan’s next leader would most likely stick to the script […]
Takako Hikotani quoted in New York Times article on Shinzo Abe’s resignation - Professor Takako Hikotani was quoted in an August 29 article in the New York Times titled “Many Want to Be Japan’s New Leader. Do They Know What Awaits Them?” In the article, published shortly after news broke that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to step down from the role due to health issues, outlines […]
Gerald Curtis quoted in Reuters article on WWII anniversary - Professor Emeritus Gerald Curtis was quoted in an August 11 Reuters article, “Japan faces World War Two anniversary in shadow of coronavirus.” In the article, Curtis said: “Fear of getting drawn into military conflict continues to strongly impact public opinion while … a defensive attitude among Japan’s conservative political leaders about Japan’s actions during the […]
WEAI Author Q&A: Chad Diehl’s ‘Resurrecting Nagasaki’ - We are excited to share this exclusive interview with Chad Diehl, an assistant professor at the University of Virginia, and author of Resurrecting Nagasaki: Reconstruction and the Formation of Atomic Narratives. The book was recently published by Cornell University Press with the Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. In Resurrecting Nagasaki, Diehl examines the reconstruction […]
Arbiters of Patriotism: Right-Wing Scholars in Imperial Japan - John Person (Hawaii University Press, 2020) For information from the publisher, please click here. In the 1930s and 1940s Marxist academics and others interested in liberal political reform often faced virulent accusations of treason from nationalist critics. In Arbiters of Patriotism, John Person explores the lives of two of the most notorious right-wing intellectuals responsible […]
Q&A with Professor Michael Sharpe on racism and immigration in Japan - Q: First, could you introduce yourself and your research background? I am an associate professor of Political Science at York College of the City University of New York as well as an adjunct research scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University. My areas of expertise are comparative politics and international relations and […]
WEAI Author Q&A: Tatiana Linkhoeva’s “Revolution Goes East: Imperial Japan and Soviet Communism” - We are excited to announce a new title in the Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute book series: Revolution Goes East: Imperial Japan and Soviet Communism published by Cornell University Press. The book’s author, Tatiana Linkhoeva, is assistant professor of Japanese history at New York University. Revolution Goes East is an intellectual history that applies a novel global […]
Gerald Curtis comments on Japan’s handling of Covid-19 and the Olympics in The New York Times - Professor Gerald Curtis was quoted in a New York Times article titled “What to Call 2021 Olympics? Just One of Many Challenges for Japan.” In the March 25 article, which follows the decision by the International Olympic Committee and Japan to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics for one year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, […]
Former diplomat Noriyuki Shikata shares goals and challenges for Japan’s Diplomacy in 2030 - Japan’s strategy for international diplomacy has been remarkably stable despite the geopolitical challenges and instability of its alliance partner, the United States. At an event at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute on February 26, 2020, Noriyuki Shikata, an associate in the Program on US-Japan Relations at Harvard University, discussed Japan’s goals for diplomacy heading into […]
Carol Gluck quoted in Portland State Vanguard on postwar Japan - Professor Carol Gluck’s February 6 lecture at Portland State University, “Postwar Japan: A Pre-postmortem” was covered in a recent article in the university newspaper, the Portland State Vanguard. The article, titled “Postwar Japan: past or present,” lays out Professor Gluck’s analysis of Japan’s relationship to World War II, noting that Japan is the only country […]
CANCELLED: Carol Gluck to discuss Japanese women’s constitutional rights and Beate Sirota Gordon at UN event in March - Due to travel restrictions, this event has been cancelled. Click here to view the flyer.
Nationalism and Populism Around the World: Is Japan an Exception? - All across the globe, populist movements appear to be gaining momentum. Whether aligned with the left or the right, espousing views of anti-elitism or xenophobia, these populist movements and their leaders threaten the status quo. At a two-part event on February 10 at Columbia University titled “Nationalism and Populism Around the World: Is Japan an […]
The Typographic Imagination: Reading and Writing in Japan’s Age of Modern Print Media - Nathan Shockey (Columbia University Press, 2019) For information from the publisher, please click here. Nathan Shockey examines the emergence of new forms of reading, writing, and thinking in Japan from the last years of the nineteenth century through the first decades of the twentieth. Charting the relationships among prose, politics, and print capitalism, he considers […]
Beauty in the Age of Empire: Japan, Egypt, and the Global History of Aesthetic Education - Raja Adal (Columbia University Press, 2019) For information on the publisher, please click here. Beauty in the Age of Empire is a global history of aesthetic education focused on how Western practices were adopted, transformed, and repurposed in Egypt and Japan. Raja Adal uncovers the emergence of aesthetic education in modern schools and its role […]
Alumni Profile: Trevor Menders - Trevor Menders is a 2018 graduate of Columbia’s East Asian Languages and Cultures Department and a former student worker at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. He recently completed a year as a Fulbright Research Fellow in affiliation with Tokyo University of the Arts. Beginning in September he will be a Toshizo Watanabe Fellow at the […]
New Faculty Feature: Takuya Tsunoda - Takuya Tsunoda is assistant professor of Japanese film and media in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. Since joining the Weatherhead East Asian Institute in January 2019, he has quickly become an invaluable member of the WEAI community, contributing insight into the nuances of contemporary Japanese film. An abridged version of this interview […]
Carol Gluck delivers keynote address at conference on “Modern Japan in the Comparative Imagination” - Professor Carol Gluck gave a keynote address at an interdisciplinary conference on the comparative imagination in history-writing in Durham, UK. The conference, which was held at Durham University May 9-10, considered how modern Japanese history, literature, and art have been shaped by and understood through comparisons across national and cultural boundaries. Professor Gluck also presented […]
April 9 Event: “The Future of the US-Japan Alliance” - The Future of the US-Japan Alliance: Advancing the Vision of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific Featuring H.R. McMaster Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution Bernard and Susan Liautaud Visiting Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford University Former 26th Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs On April 9, Lieutenant General H.R. […]
Carol Gluck interviewed about the naming of Japan’s new era - Professor Carol Gluck was interviewed by the BBC, Voice of America, Globo Brazil, and others about the new reign name, “Reiwa” announced in Japan on April 1. She also published a column on the subject in Newsweek Japan, April 9, 2019. Click here to read the column in Japanese.
Mon. March 11th: “A Note from Japan on Contemporary Tibet: The CCP’s Religious Policies and the Emergence of Religious Space in Eastern Tibet” - This Brown Bag Lecture features Susumu Kawata, Professor of Asian Area Studies, Osaka Institute of Technology, Japan and will be moderated by Gray Tuttle, Leila Hadley Luce Associate Professor of Modern Tibetan Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. 4:10 PM-6:00 PM International Affairs Building, Room 918.
Residual Futures: The Urban Ecologies of Literary and Visual Media of 1960s and 1970s Japan - Franz Prichard. Residual Futures: The Urban Ecologies of Literary and Visual Media of 1960s and 1970s Japan (Columbia University Press, 2019)
The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere: When Total Empire Met Total War - Jeremy Yellen. The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere: When Total Empire Met Total War (Cornell University Press, 2019)
Thought Crime: Ideology and State Power in Interwar Japan - Max Ward. Thought Crime: Ideology and State Power in Interwar Japan (Duke University Press, 2019)
The Making of Japanese Settler Colonialism: Malthusianism and Trans-Pacific Migration, 1868–1961 - Sidney Xu Lu. The Making of Japanese Settler Colonialism: Malthusianism and Trans-Pacific Migration, 1868–1961 (Cambridge University Press, 2019)
Sovereignty Experiments: Korean Migrants and the Building of Borders in Northeast Asia, 1860–1945 - Alyssa M. Park. Sovereignty Experiments: Korean Migrants and the Building of Borders in Northeast Asia, 1860–1945 (Cornell University Press, 2019)
Statebuilding by Imposition: Resistance and Control in Colonial Taiwan and the Philippines - Reo Matsuzaki. Statebuilding by Imposition: Resistance and Control in Colonial Taiwan and the Philippines (Cornell University Press, 2019)
WEAI Author Q&A: Robert Tuck’s “Idly Scribbling Rhymers” - Robert Tuck. Idly Scribbling Rhymers. Columbia University Press, 2018.
Aesthetic Life: Beauty and Art in Modern Japan - Miya Elise Mizuta Lippit. Aesthetic Life: Beauty and Art in Modern Japan (Harvard University Asia Center, 2019)
WEAI Author Q&A: Kerim Yasar’s “Electrified Voices” - Kerim Yasar. Electrified Voices. Columbia University Press, 2018.
Associate Research Scholar Kumiko Makihara’s New Book “Dear Diary Boy” Receives Media Attention - Kumiko Makihara, an Associate Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, has recently received media attention for her new book Dear Diary Boy: An Exacting Mother, her Free-spirited Son, and Their Bittersweet Adventures in an Elite Japanese School, which was published by Arcade Publishing in 2018. An excerpt from the book was featured in […]
Nation-Empire: Ideology and Rural Youth Mobilization in Japan and Its Colonies - Sayaka Chatani. Nation-Empire: Ideology and Rural Youth Mobilization in Japan and Its Colonies (Cornell University Press, 2018)
Electrified Voices: How the Telephone, Phonograph, and Radio Shaped Modern Japan, 1868–1945 - Kerim Yasar. Electrified Voices: How the Telephone, Phonograph, and Radio Shaped Modern Japan, 1868–1945 (Columbia University Press, 2018)
Sacred Cesium Ground and Isa’s Deluge - WEATHERHEAD BOOKS ON ASIA Kimura Yūsuke. Sacred Cesium Ground and Isa’s Deluge: Two Novellas of Japan’s 3/11 Disaster Translated by Doug Slaymaker (2018) “Kimura pulls the reader into the irradiated zone where residents struggle for justice against a government that treats them as disposable as the cattle they illegally tend. Sacred Cesium asks tough questions: […]
Uneven Moments: Reflections on Japan’s Modern History - ASIA PERSPECTIVES: NEW HORIZONS IN ASIAN HISTORY, SOCIETY, AND CULTURE Harry Harootunian Uneven Moments: Reflections on Japan’s Modern History (2019) “A leading voice in Japanese intellectual history, it is no exaggeration to say that Harry Harootunian’s work has shaped the field for the past forty years. These essays collectively provide an extended reflection on the […]