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Monday, March 26

Cold War Ruins: Transpacific Critique of American Justice and Japanese War Crimes
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Professor Lisa Yoneyama, University of Toronto
602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Humanities Center
James Cook
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Yoneyama’s third single-authored book, Cold War Ruins: Transpacific Critique of American Justice and Japanese War Crimes (Duke University Press, 2016), considered the ongoing efforts to bring justice to the Japanese war crimes, the legacy of U.S. military occupation, and the failure of decolonization in the aftermath of World War II. It deployed a method of conjunctive transpacific critique to illuminate the radical challenges the post-1990s redress culture can potentially bring to the still problematic effects of the Cold War knowledge formations.

Lisa Yoneyama is a Professor in the Department of East Asian Studies & Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. She received Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at Stanford University, California (1993). Prior to joining the University of Toronto, she taught Cultural Studies and U.S.-Japan Studies at University of California, San Diego (1992-2011), where she also served as Director of the Program for Japanese Studies (interim, 2008-09) and Critical Gender Studies Program (2009-2011). Her research interests have always centered on the memory politics concerning war and colonialism, issues related to gender and militarism, and the cultural dimensions of transnationalism, neo-colonialism, and nuclearism, as well as the Cold War and post-Cold War U.S. relations with Asia.