Collection : Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University

The Weatherhead East Asia Institute is Columbia University's center for research, publication, and teaching on modern and contemporary East Asia regions. The Studies of the Weatherhead East Asia Institute were inaugurated in 1962 to bring to a wider public the results of significant new research in the field.

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Accidental Activists
Victim Movements and Government Accountability in Japan and South Korea
Celeste L. Arrington, Celeste Arrington
Government wrongdoing or negligence harms people worldwide, but not all victims are equally effective at obtaining redress. In Accidental Activists, Celeste L. Arrington examines the interactive dynamics of the politics of redress to understand why...



The Battle for Fortune
State-Led Development, Personhood, and Power among Tibetans in China
Charlene Makley
In a deeply ethnographic appraisal, based on years of in situ research, The Battle for Fortune looks at the rising stakes of Tibetans’ encounters with Chinese state-led development projects in the early 2000s. The book builds upon anthropology’s qualitative approach to personhood, power and space to rethink the premises and consequences of...



Beyond the Asylum
Mental Illness in French Colonial Vietnam
Claire E. Edington
Claire Edington's fascinating look at psychiatric care in French colonial Vietnam challenges our notion of the colonial asylum as a closed setting, run by experts with unchallenged authority, from which patients rarely left. She shows instead a society in which Vietnamese communities and families actively participated in psychiatric...



Casualties of History
Wounded Japanese Servicemen and the Second World War
Lee K. Pennington
In Casualties of History, Lee K. Pennington relates for the first time in English the experiences of Japanese wounded soldiers and disabled veterans of Japan's "long" Second World War (from 1937 to...



Empire of Dogs
Canines, Japan, and the Making of the Modern Imperial World
Aaron Herald Skabelund



The Fascist Effect
Japan and Italy, 1915–1952
Reto Hofmann
Reto Hofmann uncovers the ideological links between the fascist governments and cultures of Japan and Italy, shedding light on the formation of fascism's global...



The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere
When Total Empire Met Total War
Jeremy A. Yellen
In The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, Jeremy Yellen exposes the history, politics, and intrigue that characterized the era when Japan's "total empire" met the total war of World War II. He illuminates the ways in which the imperial center and its individual colonies understood the concept of the Sphere, offering two sometimes...



Imperial Eclipse
Japan's Strategic Thinking about Continental Asia before August 1945
Yukiko Koshiro
Yukiko Koshiro reassesses the role that Eurasia played in Japan's diplomatic and military thinking from the turn of the twentieth century to the end of the war.



Imperial Japan at Its Zenith
The Wartime Celebration of the Empire's 2,600th Anniversary
Kenneth J. Ruoff
In 1940, Japan was into its third year of war with China, and relations with the United States were deteriorating. But in that year, the Japanese also commemorated the 2,600th anniversary of the founding of the Empire of...



Nation-Empire
Ideology and Rural Youth Mobilization in Japan and Its Colonies
Sayaka Chatani
By the end of World War II, hundreds of thousands of young men in the Japanese colonies, in particular Taiwan and Korea, had expressed their loyalty to the empire by volunteering to join the army. Why and how did so many colonial youth become passionate supporters of Japanese imperial nationalism? And what happened to these youth after the war...



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