The engagement through warfare between Japan and the United States is presented to have employed destructive racism, but the two sides eventually became allies. Racism created regrettable animosity between the two sides. Dower provides that “To over fifty million men, women, and children, it meant death. To hundreds of millions…

In the 1930s, the ordinary Japanese people had become implicated (consciously or not) in the act of inflicting colonial violence. In “Manchu Girl,” Koizumi Kikue narrates her experiences in Manchuria after she accompanied her husband, who was an army officer. In Manchuria, she narrates her experiences and relations with two…

HIEA112 Medium post #2 (Week 3)

Question: “Does thinking in these terms help us make sense of the 1923 massacre of 6,000 Korean people living in mainland Japan by a combination of police and vigilantes who took it upon themselves to kill the “unsacrificeable (see Ryang’s homo sacer)” people in their midst?”

The journey to modernization…

Hi Vania!

You did a good job on your response! You also pointed out an important idea that we should look at the history critically and objectively, especialy without any personal bias. However, I feel that the Japanese were not genuine in their efforts to assimilate the Ainu. Previously, the…

HIEA 112 Medium Post #1 (Week 2)

Ainu Experiences during the Old Tokugawa Regime

The Ainu people suffered a lot of transformations at the hands of the Japanese rule during the extension of the boundaries of the old Tokugawa regime. The expansion included the Ainu’s ancestral lands, paving the way for Japanese rule over the Ainu. The…

HIEA 112 Medium Post #1 (Week 1)

Meiji leader’s depiction of their predecessors

After reading documents and lectures, here is my comprehension about the discussion question.

Meiji leaders desired to incorporate the traditional aspects of leadership with the new (modern) elements and use them to unite their country, which was…

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