“Japanese Empire in Global History” Fieldtrip

5 September 2017 (Tue),

On 5 September 2017, the “Japanese Empire in Global History” class attended a conference titled “Exhibiting the Fall: Remembering and Representing War and its Aftermath in Asia”. They listened to academic presentations on how different government have dealt with the aftermath of the World War 2. These included the Malaysian state of Perak choosing to ‘forget’ or remove elements of the colonial past, which contrasted with recent Chinese ‘weaponising’ of the ‘comfort women’ issue, and adverse Japanese diplomatic response to China’s representation of ‘comfort women’. These presentations on war and public memory across Asia expanded on our earlier field trip, where they visited World War 2 heritage sites in Singapore (e.g. the Battle Box and Civilian War Memorial).