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[Past Event] Japan and the U.S.: The Past is Present | Ryan Ranch

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Course Description:

Sept. 12: Japan's Pacific War

Many Americans understand the origins of World War II with the Japanese military's attack on Pearl Harbor. From a Japanese historical perspective, however, the war in the Pacific has a much longer and more complicated origin. In this session we learn about the wider understandings of the Pacific War. Our focus will be less on military history, and more on culturally contingent understandings of the conflict.

Oct. 26: Japan Rearmed

For the last 80 years, U.S. bases have been a persistent fixture across much of Japan’s landscape, particularly in Okinawa. Join us as we examine the cultural, political and historical implications of this legacy, and how the U.S. military and Japanese Self-Defense Forces conflict with Japan’s “peace constitution.” Both of these sessions will help us better understand how this history informs the current military and political tension surrounding the Korean Peninsula, Taiwan and China.


Tuition: $30.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Tuesday, Sept. 12; Thursday, Oct. 26 *10:00 - 11:30 am* (2 sessions)


Course will be presented live at CSUMB Ryan Ranch (8 Upper Ragsdale Road, Monterey) and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. Seats are limited.


Dustin Wright, Ph.D., is a historian, associate professor of Japanese Culture and Language, and chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures at CSUMB. He is an associate director of the Okinawa Memories Initiative, director of the newly established Global Base Studies Project, and a fellow at Rikkyo University’s Research Center for Cooperative Civil Studies in Tokyo. He is currently completing a book on the history of anti-base protest in Japan.