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OPEN Fall Course HIST Seminar – Japanese Diasporas in Asia and the Americas


open History seminar for those students interested!

HIST 3800-801 Seminar in Global History (Japanese Diasporas in Asia and the Americas) – Prof. Kingsberg

We 3:00PM – 5:30PM

Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, migrants from the islands of Japan came to settle throughout Asia, North and South America. This course examines the history of “Japanese” abroad through the present day both to shed light on issues common to many modern diasporas, and to analyze this unique and rich experience on its own terms. Through a variety of primary sources (films, memoirs, novels, short stories, newspapers, oral histories, social science studies, etc.) we will explore topics such as national and ethnic identity, community formation, assimilation, racism, economic development, diplomatic relations, changing visions of the homeland, and repatriation and “return.” We will devote particular attention to World War II, including the American internment experience, as a turning point in the history of the Japanese diaspora. Students will be expected to participate actively in class discussions, give presentations on assigned readings, and produce a 15-20 page research paper on a topic of their choosing.

“Ideally” students will be seniors or advanced juniors, will have taken at least one Japanese History course and/or one Ethnic Studies course with an Asian-American focus