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Japan, Parasitology, and Framing Developmental Ambitions
Alex Bay, Chapman University
Aya Homei, Manchester University
John P. DiMoia, Seoul National University
Simon Toner, University of Sheffield (Discussant)
Paul Kreitman, Columbia University (Moderator)

This panel considers the central and formative role of parasitology in Modern Japan (1868-present); and, moreover, explores how Japanese parasitology affected the home islands and the region, not just during the imperial period (Meiji, Taisho, early Showa), but also during post-1945 Showa, suggesting some form of reconfiguration in the post-colonial era.

The three papers span specific parasitic diseases and micro- / local Japanese history (Bay), to next considering larger questions of Japan’s public health and ODA (overseas development assistance) structure (Homei), as well as how these ambitions ultimately affected regional partners and neighbors such as South Korea and Vietnam (DiMoia). Simon Toner is the panel discussant, and Paul Kreitman will moderate.

Sep 23, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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