University Club of Portland
1225 Southwest 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (PST)
The Yale Club of Oregon and SW Washington proudly presents:
When a nation suffers a devastating defeat in war, how does it pass on its memories of defeat to future generations? Why do the memories of difficult national experiences endure, and even intensify, despite our impulse to avoid them and to move on? Dr. Hashimoto explores these questions by examining Japan’s efforts to come to terms with its defeat in World War II up to the present day. We will discuss popular films about heroes, victims and perpetrators that keep these memories alive in Japan’s everyday culture today.
Dr. Akiko Hashimoto is a sociologist with a long-standing fascination for the different ways people identify with their own cultures and histories. She has lived and studied in Japan, Germany, England, and the United States, and taught cultural, comparative, global sociology at the University of Pittsburgh for 25 years. Currently, she is visiting professor in the Department of Sociology at Portland State University, and also faculty fellow at Yale University’s Center for Cultural Sociology. Her latest book is The Long Defeat: Cultural Trauma, Memory and Identity in Japan (Oxford University Press, 2015) which won the 2016 Scholarly Achievement Award of the North Central Sociological Association. The Long Defeat is also forthcoming in Japanese (2017) and in Chinese (2018).