Making Sense of It All: Understandings of War in Japanese Film, 1945-1974
Erik Ropers completed his PhD in history from the University of Melbourne and was recently appointed assistant professor of modern Japanese history at Towson University.
His doctoral research examined the ways in which Japanese scholars have understood and represented the enforced labor and the enforced military prostitution of colonial Koreans during the height of the Asia-Pacific War. His research on Korean testimonies in postwar historiography as well the historical representations of laborers and so-called “comfort women” in manga have appeared in journals including Japanese Studies and Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific.
Erik is visiting UCLA to conduct preliminary research for his new project on memory, trauma, and violence in postwar Japanese film, supported by the Terasaki research travel grant, which was established by the Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies to support scholars who wish to come to UCLA to use the Gordon W. Prange Collection microform set housed at the Richard C. Rudolph East Asian Library.
Presented by The UCLA Richard C. Rudolph East Asian Library and the UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2012