Professor Azuma sheds light on how deeply the history of prewar Japanese America was intertwined with that of Japanese imperialism. Inspired by the success of British colonialism in its settler colonies, many Japanese migrant ideologues and practitioners of national expansion embraced a popular notion of frontier conquest with the American West as a key prototype. This talk will highlight one example of such an intersection between Japan’s state endeavors to colonize new territories and the experiences of migrant resettlers from the American West.
Eiichiro Azuma is Alan Charles Kors Term Chair Associate Professor of History and Director of Asian American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Between Two Empires: Race, History, and Transnationalism in Japanese America (Oxford, 2005), which received four book prizes. Azuma also coedited, with Gordon Chang of Stanford University, Yuji Ichioka, Before Internment: Essays in Prewar Japanese American History (Stanford, 2006). Currently, he is working on two book projects while co-editing the Oxford Handbook of Asian American History with David Yoo (UCLA).
This event is co-sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program and the Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest with support
from the Departments of American Ethnic Studies and History.