Negotiating Ethnic and Racial Difference in the Japanese Empire
May 29, 2019 - 10:15-12:00
Open lecture with John Hennessey.
Looking at a map of the Japanese Emipre, it appears to have had clear borders and constituent parts, but the reality was far messier. The Japanese Empire was in fact a patchwork of colonial territories with different legal statuses and relations to the metropolitcan center, relations that were contested and changed continously over the polity’s lifespan as the Japanese government tried both to promise assimilation and equality to Koreans, Taiwanese, Micronesians, Ainu and maintain in practice an ethnic hierarchy with metropolitan Japanese at the top. Building on the themes of the 2019 Hugo Valentin spring lecture series, “Making and Remaking Difference,” this lecture will explore the constantly changing relations between territories and peoples that made up the Japanese Empire.