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Legacies of WWII in Postwar Japan (FYS)
Fall 2020 not offered

In 1956, The Japanese Economic Planning Agency famously declared that "the 'post-war' is over." Indeed, by that time, the national economy had made a remarkable recovery since the end of WWII. Others place the end of the "post-war" with Emperor Hirohito's death in 1989. Still, was the "post-war" truly over for Japan? This seminar aims to tackle this dilemma of the "post-war" and assess how the war and the American occupation are remembered by the Japanese, as well as Americans and Asian neighbors, and how they continue to reverberate politically and culturally, seventy-odd years after the conflict's ostensible end. The course will begin with some history of WWII and the American occupation. Film, literature, and popular media, along with secondary scholarship, will energize discussions about topics such as the rise of anime and otaku culture, Orientalism, gendered racism in Japanese-American relations, the 1964 and 2020 Tokyo Olympics, American bases in Japan, and North Korea.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA CEAS
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CEAS-Polit Econ)

Last Updated on JUN-17-2024
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