- Historical Perspectives on Multiethnic Communities in Japan
- 02/22/2015 10:00am - 4:00pm
- University Park Campus Doheny Memorial Library (DML) DML East Asian Seminar Room (110C)
The Japanese Dream? Immigrants in the Nara and Heian State
Nadia Kanagawa, USC
The Open Country: Mapping Maritime Mobility in Early Modern Japan
Adam Clulow, Monash University
The early seventeenth century was characterized by unprecedented movement in and out of the port cities of early modern Japan. The result was the creation of multiethnic communities across Kyushu, the traditional hub of Japanese maritime trade. This paper focuses on one such community, Hirado, which functioned as an active node in regional networks of trade and migration. The large-scale movement of merchants, mercenaries and migrants out of Japan was made possible in part by Tokugawa policies, including a deliberate severing of links between the regime and its subjects abroad. This policy found its clearest expression in a remarkable series of letters exchanged between the Tokugawa shogun and rulers across Southeast Asia, in which the Bakufu explicitly renounced jurisdictional rights over its subjects. The last part of the paper focuses on the activities of one outgoing group, Japanese mercenaries employed by the Dutch East India Company. It examines the experience of one contingent of these soldiers that was shipped out of Japan in 1615 and uses this group to assess the nature of maritime mobility in this period.
A Mixed Message: Western-Japanese Couples and Their Mixed Race Children in the Nagasaki Foreign Settlement Period and Beyond
Lane Earns, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
The Hotchpotch Culture of 19-century Nagasaki: Magnanimity or Immorality?
Brian Burke-Gaffney, Nagasaki Institute of Applied Science
Local Citizenship vs. the Monoethnic State: Yokohama Chinese and the Hamakko Identity
Eric Han, College of William and Mary
On the fringe of the global Chinese diaspora lies the Yokohama Chinatown community—a small enclave of some four thousand Chinese nationals. Their comparatively small population, however, belies their analytical significance for broader debates on national identity in Japan. This community represents a paradoxical case of socially integrated minorities in a monoethnic state. Since the 1859 opening of Yokohama to foreign trade and settlement, Chinese have constructed communal institutions there to construct and maintain their diasporic identities. Across the same time frame, they have also achieved social acceptance as members of Yokohama society, both identifying and being recognized as hamakko (Yokohama-ites). This paper explores the historical emergence of this Yokohama local identity among diasporic Chinese, and the ways in which this identification illustrates an emerging challenge to national citizenship in Japan.
An Historical Look at Japanese American Migration to Japan
Jane Yamashiro, UCLA
Adam Clulow is a historian of Tokugawa Japan although his current work is concerned more broadly with the maritime history of early modern Asia. His first book, The Company and the Shogun: The Dutch Encounter with Tokugawa Japan, was published by Columbia University Press in January 2014 and he is currently working on a new book tentatively titled An Affair so Bloody: Conspiracy, Torture and theAmboyna Incident of 1623. He has received grants and awards from the Australian Research Council, the Fung Global Fellows Program at Princeton University, the Japan Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
He holds degrees from the University of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa and Niigata University in Japan, and received his PhD in East Asian History from Columbia University in 2008. He currently teaches at Monash University in Australia.
Eric Han is associate professor of history at the College of William and Mary. He earned a Ph.D. in Japanese history at Columbia University in 2009, and an M.A. in East Asian Languages & Cultures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001. His research examines modern Japanese history through local and transnational approaches, and deals with the topics of nationalism, imperialism, migration, and Sino-Japanese relations. His first monograph, Rise of a Japanese Chinatown: Yokohama 1894–1972, was published by the Harvard Asia Center in June 2014. He is currently researching a biography of early-twentieth-century parliamentarian and pan-Asianist Inukai Tsuyoshi.
- Transpacific Convergence: Studying Nikkei and Race in the U.S. and Japan
- 03/23/2015 9:00am - 5:15pm
- University Park Campus T.B.D. T.B.D. 3607 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90089
PANEL 1: Migration and Empire
Japanese Diasporic Network beyond/across the Imperial Borders: Coffee Production in the Asia-Pacific Region before World War II
Mariko Iijima, Sophia University
Americans in the Japanese Empire: The Nisei Transnational Generation in the Pacific before World War II
Michael Jin, Michael Jin, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
Colonial Migrants as Subjects: Koreans under the Japanese Empire
Chikako Kashiwazaki, Keio University
PANEL 2: The Economics and Politics of Race
“Localized” Problems of National Consequences: Exclusionist Discourse about Japanese Fishermen in Southern California, 1907-1948
Yuko Konno, Sophia University
"El Boycot Contra Los Nipones": The Japanese-Mexican Conflict in the 1930s Los Angeles and the Borderlands
Yu Tokunaga, USC
Equality on a Global Stage: The 1893 Fight Over Japanese Voting Rights in Hawai‘i
Christen Sasaki, San Francisco State University
PANEL 3: Race and Cultural Concepts
Meiji Textbook Representations of Race
Yasuko Takezawa, Kyoto University
Plants, Pathogens, and Empire: Race Across the Pacific in the Early 20th Century
Anti-Japanese Politics and the Contested Meaning of Assimilation
Lon Kurashige, USC
PANEL 4: War and National Security
Revisiting the 1952 McCarren-Walter Act
Brian Hayashi, Kyoto University
Lest We Forget: The Quakers, AFSC, and Japanese American Community, 1941-1945
Lane Hirabayashi, UCLA
Buddhism and Nationalism(s) during World War Two: The Incarceration of Buddhist Priests in the DOJ/Army Camps
Duncan Williams, USCread more
- Michael Tilson Thomas at 70: The London Symphony Orchestra with Yuja Wang
- 03/24/2015 6:30pm - 11:30pm
- Off Campus Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
*This trip is for current USC students only. You must use the provided transportation to participate. Space is limited and advance registration is required. RSVP at the link above beginning Tuesday, February 24, at 9 a.m. Check-in for the event will begin at 5:45 p.m. on campus. Buses will depart at 6:30 p.m. and return to campus at 11:30 p.m. Dinner will be provided at check-in.read more
The Los Angeles Philharmonic presents Michael Tilson Thomas and the London Symphony Orchestra with Yuja Wang. Born in Los Angeles, conductor, pianist and composer Michael Tilson Thomas forged his artistry at USC, Monday Evening Concerts and the Ojai Festival. He shot to international fame in 1969 as assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony, and over his career has been a principal conductor of major symphonies around the world, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony and the London Symphony Orchestra. He was also music director of the San Francisco Symphony. Recently appointed as the Judge Widney Professor of Music at USC, Thomas returns to his hometown of Los Angeles for an unforgettable evening featuring the music of George Gershwin alongside Thomas’s original compositions performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. Powerhouse pianist Yuja Wang will add sparks to an already electric concert.
Photo: Bill Swerbenski