Considering the intense racial animosity that Dower outlines in his introduction to War Without Mercy, why do you think the Japanese and US governments were so quick to see each other as allies? Do you believe that the transition was as quick for ordinary people?

The main reason behind the…

This week’s main theme is complicity — that is, how did ordinary Japanese people become implicated (consciously or not) in the act of inflicting colonial violence? Consider this question from the readings for lecture 7. Is there a link between someone like Ayako in Mizoguchi’s Osaka Elegy and Koizumi Kikue…

Think about the relationship between post-World War One capitalist crisis (elaborated by Young), transformations in colonial policy (examined in lecture 6), and new conflicts that emerged between colonial subjects and ordinary Japanese people as a result. …

Question: Put yourself in the shoes of an Ainu person who lived through the extension of the boundaries of the old Tokugawa regime to include your ancestral homelands. How might your life change on an everyday level? …

Medium post #3 asks you to relate the discussions about the incompleteness of archives that you had in your groups through Korean, “buraku,” and Okinawan women and men who lived primarily in the Japanese countryside, to your own conditions today. The primary question I would like you to think about…

In “Whose History is it Anyway?”, Tsurumi argues that even though koojo suffered from unsafe working conditions, ruthless supervisors, tedious regulation rules, harsh monetary fines, iniquitous contracts and sexual harassment, many of them didn’t view themselves as victim but instead valuable contributors who benefits their families and supports the textile…

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