LAKELAND COLLEGE JAPAN is pleased to announce the next Lakeland Lecture.
"THE IMPACT ON KOREAN-JAPAN RELATIONS BY THE JAPANESE OCCUPATION”
Andrew Hak Ou will give the lecture. Mr. Ou, as a Baker-Kato Diplomatic Exchange Program Fellow,
is beginning work at the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in September 2008 and will also assume
a position as Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.
Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Lakeland College Japan
5-9-16 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo,
3rd Floor of NIC International College Bldg.
Contact email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site (includes map): http://www.lcjapan.com/lectures/
Andrew Ou was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. He has a Bachelor's degree in International Politics
from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Washington DC and a Masters degree in
East Asian History from the University of Hawaii and East-West Center in Honolulu. Mr. Ou also
studied at Seoul National University and Waseda University, and speaks Korean, Japanese, English and
French. He joined the State Department in September 2001, and has served in Jamaica and Hong Kong,
and at the Korea Desk in Washington DC before taking his current posting in Tokyo, Japan. His
research has focused on Japanese cultural assimilation policies in colonial Korea.
Please join us as Andrew presents the details of his research findings on Korean-Japan relations. He
will review the impact of assimilation during the Minami years, consider both Korean and Japanese
responses to assimilation policies, explain why assimilation efforts eventually failed, and show how
unintended consequence of assimilation policies led to a strengthening of Korean nationalism.
As Ou concludes,
“From 1936 to the end of Korea's colonial history in 1945, … a coherent campaign of cultural
assimilation … subjected Koreans to some of the most severe restrictions they ever faced under
Japanese rule. Perhaps more importantly, the Japanese attempt to take from Koreans their sense of
cultural identity negatively affected relations between Korea and Japan during the postwar period and
continues to influence the mutual feelings of the people of the two nations to this day.”
The Lakeland Lectures are a forum for researchers, students and members of the public to discuss
contemporary issues affecting Japan. Lakeland College has offered a US-accredited liberal arts
undergraduate program in Tokyo since 1991. Lakeland's main campus in Wisconsin, USA was founded
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
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