Asia Pacific Journal Japan Focus Downloadable Course Readers
Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus
Announcing NEW Free Downloadable Course Readers
The Asia Pacific Journal: Japan Focus announces the release of our second set of volume-length e-book compilations of essays on selected topics with explanatory introductions by scholars.
These volumes are designed for classroom use and to introduce teachers and students to the Asia-Pacific Journal archive. Many teachers already use individual essays in the classroom, for example:
I used Japan Focus in two classes at Williams last spring: a tutorial class on Hiroshima/Nagasaki: Memory, and a course on Japan Since 1945. There is nothing—literally nothing—in English that does as good a job of making available the latest thinking about the issues that lie at the heart of today's Japan. The articles deal with all of the key issues; they forefront opinion and ideas; and they adhere to strong scholarly standards. ... the Japan Focus articles provoked some of my best class discussions. Jim Huffman, H. Orth Hirt Professor of History Emeritus, Wittenberg University
The volume editors have chosen articles from the archive that lend themselves particularly well to classroom use and work well as a set. All volumes have been peer-reviewed, in addition to the initial review process before each article was originally posted, and we have permission from all verified copyright holders.
Students like the fact that the articles are available 24-7, are storable on-line, searchable, and cost nothing to them. The readers can also be highlighted, annotated, printed, and include convenient bookmarks to navigate to the beginning of each article.
New Course Readers:
** Japan’s “Abandoned People” in the Wake of Fukushima edited by Brian Earl
** Public Opinion on Nuclear Power in Japan after the Fukushima Disaster
edited by Brian Earl
** The Politics of Memory in Japan and East Asia
edited by Sven Saaler & Justin Aukema
** The Japanese Empire: Colonial Lives and Postcolonial Struggle
edited by Kirsten Ziomek
They join the 2012 publications:
1. War and Visual Culture edited by Hong Kal and Jooyeon Rhee.
2. Environmental History edited by Eiko Maruko Siniawer.
3. War in Japanese Popular Culture edited by Matthew Penney.
4. Women and Japan’s Political Economy edited by Valerie Barske.
The topics of other volumes currently in preparation include:
** Japan and the American-led Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
** Ethnic Minorities and Japan.
** Globalization and Japanese Popular Culture: Mixing It Up.
** Japanese Intellectual Currents of the Twentieth Century.
** Putting Okinawa at the Center.
To Download a Volume: The volumes are downloadable from the Asia-Pacific Journal website (www.japanfocus.org) as searchable PDFs. From the home page, please click on the button marked Course Readers at the top and center of the page, or go to the URL http://www.japanfocus.org/course_readers. Interested viewers may download a copy of any reader by clicking on the appropriate link at the course readers home page and entering their email address. In addition, viewers may directly download the table of contents of each course reader for a preview of the volume.
The Editorial Board for this project consists of Mark Caprio; Rikkyo University; Lonny Carlile, University of Hawai’i, Parks Coble, University of Nebraska; Sabine Früstück, UC-Santa Barbara; A. Tom Grunfeld, Empire State College; Laura Hein, Northwestern University; James Huffman, Wittenberg University; Jeffrey Kingston, Temple University-Japan; Susan Long, John Carroll University; Laura Miller, University of Missouri, St. Louis; Mark Ravinia, Emory University; Mark Selden, APJ-Japan Focus; Stephen Vlastos, University of Iowa.
If you are interested in creating a volume yourself, wish to participate as a reviewer and editor, have suggestions for new topics, or want to discuss another aspect of this project, please contact Laura Hein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although the course readers are free, we welcome donations to support the Journal and this initiative; please note the red button Sustaining APJ on the left side of the APJ home page http://japanfocus.org to contribute.
Laura Hein Northwestern University History Department
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