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Commodore Perry’s Expedition as a Shopping Trip: The First Japanese Books in America

Professor Emeritus Peter Kornicki, University of Cambridge

Mar 26, 2019 - at - | Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion
Kislak Center for Special Collections,
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center

What was Perry’s crew doing while he was negotiating, and what was everybody, including Commodore Perry himself, doing when the ships visited Shimoda and Hakodate? They were shopping! They…

Ingrained Habits: The (Bio) politics of American Wheat Promotion and the Transformation of Japan Diet and Identity, 1956-1960

Professor Nathan Hopson, Nagoya University

Mar 28, 2019 - at - | Stiteler Hall, Room: B26 (208 South 37th Street)

This presentation explores the history and politics of US-funded food demonstration buses (“kitchen cars”) in postwar Japan, 1954-1960. The kitchen cars’ express mission was to transform the Japanese national diet by…

"Sinicization" and Chinese Supremacism in Southern Song Historiography on the Northern Dynasties

Professor Shao-yun Yang, Denison University

Apr 4, 2019 - at - | Stiteler Hall, Room: B26 (208 South 37th Street)

The study of historical thought and history-writing in Song China has flourished in recent years, but some areas remain inadequately understood. One of these has to do with the treatment of the early medieval…