Talks from the Hoover Institution

Fanning of the Flames Speaker Series: Anchors of History: The Long Shadow of Japanese Imperial Propaganda

June 1, 2021

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 to Thursday, June 10, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives and Hoover Institution Press Present the Fanning the Flames Speaker Series in Celebration of the Publication Fanning the Flames: Propaganda in Modern Japan edited by Kay Ueda.

Japan’s Meiji Restoration brought swift changes through Japanese adoption of Western-style modernization and imperial expansion. Fanning the Flames brings together a range of scholarly essays and collected materials from the Hoover Institution Library & Archives detailing how Japanese propaganda played an active role in fostering national identity and mobilizing grassroots participation in the country’s transformation and wartime activities, from with the First Sino-Japanese War (1894–95) to the end of World War II.

The Fanning the Flames Speaker Series highlights conversations with leading scholars of modern East Asian history, art, and propaganda and is presented in conjunction with the book and upcoming online and physical exhibitions. 


Anchors of History: The Long Shadow of Japanese Imperial Propaganda

Tuesday June 1, 12:00 pm PDT

Speaker: Barak Kushner, professor of East Asian History, University of Cambridge

Moderator: Michael R. Auslin, the Payson J. Treat Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia at the Hoover Institution

“War Fever” as Fueled by the Media and Popular Culture: The Path Taken by Meiji Japan's Policies of “Enrich the Country” and “Strengthen the Armed Forces”

Thursday June 10, 4:00 pm PDT

Speaker: Toshihiko Kishi, professor at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University

Moderator: Kay Ueda, curator of the Japanese Diaspora Collection, Hoover Institution Library & Archives

Additional Lectures in the Series

Featured Speakers:

Yuma Totani, professor of Japan, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Alice Tseng, Professor of Art History, Boston University

Dates and titles to be announced

Barak Kushner is professor of East Asian history and the chair of Japanese Studies in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge. He has edited numerous books and written several monographs, including the award-winning Men to Devils, Devils to Men: Japanese War Crimes and Chinese Justice (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015). In 2020 he hosted several episodes of a major Chinese documentary on Japanese war crimes and is currently writing a book titled The Construction of Injustice in East Asia: Japan versus Its Neighbors.

Michael Auslin is the Payson J. Treat Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. A historian by training, he specializes in US policy in Asia and geopolitical issues in the Indo-Pacific region. His publications include Negotiating with Imperialism: The Unequal Treaties and the Culture of Japanese Diplomacy (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2004) and Asia’s New Geopolitics: Essays on Reshaping the Indo-Pacific (Stanford, CA: Hoover Institution Press, 2020). Auslin was an associate professor of history at Yale University, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo.

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