The 26th GJS SeminarTransnational Communicative Networks in the Japan-Korea Solidarity Movement of the 1970s and 80s

Date and time: October 6, 2016 (Thur.), 2:30-3:30PM
Venue: Lobby (1F), Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo
Speaker: Misook Lee (Research Associate, Integrated Human Sciences Program for Cultural Diversity, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo)
Language: English

Abstract: Research interest in Japanese civic activism that called for solidarity with Asia in the post-war era has been increasing in recent years. The Japan-Korea Solidarity Movement of the 1970s and 80s formed among Korean residents in Japan (Zainichi) and progressive Japanese intellectuals, Christians, and activists to demonstrate support for South Korea’s democratization movement. This movement can be perceived as one of Japan’s “Asia Solidarity Movements” in the post-Vietnam War period (Michiba 2011). This presentation will focus on the Japan-Korea Solidarity Movement, particularly examining the formation, activities, and political implications of the transnational communicative networks that were actively operating behind the scenes of the movement.

Organizer: The Global Japan Studies Network (GJS)
Co-organizer: Institute for Advanced Studeis on Asia (IASA), Network for Education and Research on Asia (ASNET)
Contact: gjs[at]