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
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 not.



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...



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 1945).



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 history.



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 Japan.



The North Korean Revolution, 1945–1950
Charles K. Armstrong
Armstorng examines the genesis of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) both as an important yet rarely studied example of a communist state and as part of modern Korean history.



Planning for Empire
Reform Bureaucrats and the Japanese Wartime State
Janis Mimura
The origins and evolution of technocratic fascism in wartime Japan.



Promiscuous Media
Film and Visual Culture in Imperial Japan, 1926-1945
Hikari Hori
In Promiscuous Media, Hikari Hori makes a compelling case that the visual culture of Showa-era Japan articulated urgent issues of modernity rather than serving as a simple expression of nationalism. Hori makes clear that the Japanese cinema of the time was in fact almost wholly built on a foundation of Russian and British film theory as well as...



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