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Collective Memory, Multidisciplinarity, Public Sociology: China and Japan's Islands of Contention

Presented by Tim F. Liao, Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Hosted by EAS.

Apr 03, 2018
from 02:10 PM to 03:30 PM

Andrews Conference Room, 2203 SS&H

This presentation introduces the audience to The China-Japan Border Dispute: Islands of Contention in Multidisciplinary Perspective (Liao, Hara, and Wiegand, Rethinking Asia and International Relations, Routledge, 2015). Eight scholars from history, international relations, law, political science, and sociology analyzed the difficult dispute and recommended solutions. The talk then focuses on a chapter in the book, an analysis of the relevant histories of the islands described at four official and influential Chinese and Japanese websites. This research seeks to understand the differences in collective memory formation in these two countries. The research shows that to produce a convincing territorial claim, both China and Japan attempted to form different historical memories about the islands intended for different audiences for their respective collective memory projects.

Co-sponsored by ISS and Global Affairs.