Japanese Tourism to Nanjing, Shenyang (Mukden), and Qufu, 1938–1943
Friday, April 20, 2018 - 6:00pm
Japanese Tourism to Nanjing, Shenyang (Mukden), and Qufu, 1938–1943

Japanese Tourism to Nanjing, Shenyang (Mukden), and Qufu, 1938–1943

Imperial Japan’s heritage landscape expanded along with the growing empire. This essay focuses on Japanese tourism to, as well as tourism planning and promotion for, three continental destinations, Mukden, Nanjing, and Qufu, from 1938 to 1943. Both governmental and civil actors rapidly exploited existing heritage from previous civilizations and also codified new heritage (e.g., battle sites) in order to promote tourism and propagate an edifying message about Japan’s imperial project. Analysis of tourism to and tourism promotion for the above three locales also provides a window into Imperial Japan’s complex relationship at the time with the overlapping heritages of Manchuria or Manchurian China (Mukden), contemporary China (Nanjing), and classical China (Qufu), as well as into Imperial Japan’s self-appointed role as the guardian of Asian civilization.

This event is free and open to public. 

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Date: Friday, April 20, 2018

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Native American Student & Community Center 110

                710 SW Jackson Street, Portland, OR

About the Speaker

Dr. Kenneth Ruoff, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Japanese Studies at PSU, specializes in the modern history of East Asia. He has written two books, The People’s Emperor: Democracy and the Japanese Monarchy, 1945-1995 and Imperial Japan at Its Zenith: The Wartime Celebration of the Empire’s 2,600th Anniversary, which was awarded the Frances Fuller Victor Award for Nonfiction. Most recently, he published a critical essay in the winter 2017 issue of The Journal of Northeast Asian History how South Korean museums narrate the national history.



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