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. …

The Ainu are an ethnic group native to the Hokkaido region of Northern Japan with distinct physical features, culture, and language than Japanese people. If I were an Ainu person who lived through the Tokugawa regime’s takeover of my ancestral homelands, I would not be pleased. Under the Tokugawa regime…

Much of recorded history is often Eurocentric and focused on upper-class men, rather than addressing the life experiences of marginalized groups such as women and minorities. The result of which being that their experiences are often dismissed.

This leads to the discussion of the ethics of history-writing. Since the advent…

Prompt: Why is Tsurumi’s argument about the importance of Japanese women’s labor power to nation-building an important intervention to week 1’s theorizations of nationalism? On the flip side, what experiences might focus too much on this point occlude obstruct/stop?

During week 1, we examined nationalism through the work of Benedict…

Akhil Parvathaneni

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