The upcoming Annenberg Seminar in History, celebrating Prof. Eiichiro Azuma’s new book, In Search of Our Frontier: Japanese America and Settler Colonialism in the Construction of Japan’s Borderless Empire and Prof. Amy Offner’s new book, Sorting out the Mixed Economy: The Rise and Fall of Welfare and Developmental States in the Americas will be Tuesday, December 10 at 4:30PM in College Hall 209.
Eiichiro Azuma, Alan Charles Kors Term Associate Professor of History on his recent book in conversation with Kathleen M. Brown, David Boies Professor of History.
"In Search of Our Frontier: Japanese America and Settler Colonialism in the Construction of Japan’s Borderless Empire." October 2019.
In Search of Our Frontier explores the complex transnational history of Japanese immigrant settler colonialism, which linked Japanese America with Japan’s colonial empire through the exchange of migrant bodies, expansionist ideas, colonial expertise, and capital in the Asia-Pacific basin before World War II. The trajectories of Japanese transpacific migrants exemplified a prevalent national structure of thought and practice that not only functioned to shore up the backbone of Japan’s empire building but also promoted the borderless quest for Japanese overseas development. Eiichiro Azuma offers new interpretive perspectives that will allow readers to understand Japanese settler colonialism’s capacity to operate outside the aegis of the home empire.
Eiichiro Azuma is Alan Charles Kors Term Chair Associate Professor of History and Asian American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the author of Between Two Empires: Race, History, and Transnationalism in Japanese America and a coeditor of The Oxford Handbook of Asian American History.