Tag Archives: WWII

Book Announcement: Gas Mask Nation: Visualizing Civil Air Defense in Wartime Japan

Gas Mask Nation Visualizing Civil Air Defense in Wartime Japan Gennifer Weisenfeld A fascinating look at the anxious pleasures of Japanese visual culture during World War II. Airplanes, gas masks, and bombs were common images in wartime Japan. Yet amid … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: The Politics of Trauma and Integrity: Stories of Japanese “Comfort Women”

The Politics of Trauma and Integrity: Stories of Japanese “Comfort Women” Sachiyo Tsukamoto The Politics of Trauma and Integrity uses the lenses of gender and trauma to tell the stories of narratives testified by two contrasting Japanese “comfort women” survivors. Through … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Prostitutes, Hostesses, and Actresses at the Edge of the Japanese Empire: Fragmenting History

Prostitutes, Hostesses, and Actresses at the Edge of the Japanese Empire: Fragmenting History Nobuko Ishitate-Okunomiya Yamasaki Book Description: Analysing materials from literature and film, this book considers the fates of women who did not or could not buy into the … Continue reading

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Resource: Bodies and Structures

This week I’m featuring a shorter resource post on the site Bodies and Structures, which is a collaborative research and teaching platform built by David Ambaras (North Carolina State University) and Kate McDonald (UC Santa Barbara) on spatial histories of … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Comfort Women: A Movement for Justice and Women’s Rights in the United States

Comfort Women: A Movement for Justice and Women’s Rights in the United States Edited by Jung-Sil Lee and Dennis P. Halpin. This new edited volume archives nearly thirty years of activism, records the achievements of the “comfort women” redress movement … Continue reading

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Resource: Denshō

How do we preserve peoples’ experiences and stories while placing them in historical context? How can these narratives help us to promote equity and justice? These are some of the driving questions behind Densho, a nonprofit organization begun in 1996 … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Defamiliarizing Japan’s Asia-Pacific War

DEFAMILIARIZING JAPAN’S ASIA-PACIFIC WAR Edited by W. Puck Brecher and Michael W. Myers This wide-ranging collection seeks to reassess conventional understanding of Japan’s Asia-Pacific War by defamiliarizing and expanding the rhetorical narrative. Its nine chapters, diverse in theme and method, … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: That Distant Country Next Door: Popular Japanese Perceptions of Mao’s China

THAT DISTANT COUNTRY NEXT DOOR: POPULAR JAPANESE PERCEPTIONS OF MAO’S CHINA Erik Esselstrom Japan’s road to war in China in the 1930s–1940s is well known, as are the legacies of that conflict in the diplomatic disputes, territorial rows, and educational … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Dangerous Memory in Nagasaki: Prayers, Protests and Catholic Survivor Narratives

Dangerous Memory in Nagasaki: Prayers, Protests and Catholic Survivor Narratives By Gwyn McClelland On 9th August 1945, the US dropped the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki. Of the dead, approximately 8500 were Catholic Christians, representing over sixty percent of the community. … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Producing Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Literature, Film, and Transnational Politics

Producing Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Literature, Film, and Transnational Politics Yuko Shibata National, disciplinary, and linguistic boundaries all play a role in academic study and nowhere is this more apparent than in traditional humanities scholarship surrounding the atomic bombing of Hiroshima … Continue reading

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