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Good Neighbor? Bad Neighbor? A Historical Perspective on Sino-Japanese Relations
Peter Duus, William H. Bonsall Professor of History Emeritus at Stanford University
“Is Japan really part of Asia?” This question has agitated Japanese intellectuals, pundits and politicians since the country embarked on the road to modernity in the Meiji era. By the turn of the twentieth century the widening cultural and economic gap between the Japanese and their neighbors on the Asian mainland suggested that Japan’s geography no longer matched its position the world order. It raised the question of just where Japan belonged: with the countries immediately across the sea or with more distant “civilized” societies it sought as models and mentors? In a sense this issue still confronts the Japanese today as they face escalating friction with China and Korea in a much more complicated world.
Thursday, January 23, 2014 | 12:00 pm — 1:15 pm