Divided Memories and Reconciliation
This project is a multi-year comparative study of the formation of historical memory regarding the wartime period in Asia.
Divided Memories now available in paperback and electronic formatShorenstein APARC Announcement
Divided Memories, Shorenstein APARC's groundbreaking study of textbook depictions of World War Two, is now available in paperback and electronic (Kindle) format.
In lead-up to election, former Japanese PM promoting revisionist agendaShorenstein APARC in the news: The Telegraph on December 9, 2012
Many consider Japan's former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to have a good chance of winning the country's December 16 general election. Daniel Sneider spoke recently to the Telegraph about the revisionist agenda Abe has been promoting during his campaign.
U.S. role resolving in contemporary territorial disputesShorenstein APARC in the news: Jiji Press on September 29, 2012
As a result of the conclusion of the San Francisco Peace Treaty, the United States bears a historic responsibility for helping resolve contemporary territorial disputes in Northeast Asia, said Daniel Sneider in a recent Jiji Press interview.
Japan-China maritime disputes a wartime legacyShorenstein APARC in the news: Rendezvous Blog, International Herald Tribune on August 16, 2012
Japan's coast guard recently detained a group of Chinese activists in the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea. The longstanding territorial tug-of-war in the region is a legacy of World War Two, said Daniel Sneider in an interview.
Textbooks offer differing accounts of wartime eventsShorenstein APARC in the news: Nippon.com on May 29, 2012
Japanese textbooks, long a subject of controversy, tend to actually present a dry, unpatriotic account of World War Two, says Daniel Sneider in a recent Nippon.com article. A comparative understanding of different textbook descriptions of the war, a focus of the Center's Divided Memories project, is one way to move toward lasting reconciliation in East Asia.
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Shorenstein APARC News
While differences exist in the wartime circumstances and reconciliation processes of Europe and Asia, many valuable lessons can be gained through a study of the experiences on both continents. The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center facilitated a comparative dialogue on World War Two, bringing together 15 noted experts for the Colonialism, Collaboration, and Criminality conference, held June 16 to 17 at Stanford.
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New publication aims to reconcile wartime memoriesShorenstein APARC News
The countries of Northeast Asia and the United States share a twenty-year legacy of war, beginning with the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese War in 1931 until the formal conclusion of the Pacific War in 1951. Historical memories of this period are often conflicting, as reflected by the master narratives presented in textbooks, and serve to impede effective, lasting reconciliation. In its groundbreaking new publication History Textbooks and the Wars in Asia: Divided Memories (Routledge Press, 2011), edited by Gi-Wook Shin and Daniel Sneider, the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center examines the evolution of master narratives in China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States in an effort to help lay the foundation for eventual historical reconciliation in the region. This is the first in a series of three books dealing with wartime memories and reconciliation.