Fanning The Flames | A Speaker Series

Thursday, June 10, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives and Hoover Institution Press Present the Fanning the Flames Speaker Series in Celebration of the Publication Fanning the Flames: Propaganda in Modern Japan edited by Kay Ueda. The first session highlights Anchors of History: The Long Shadow of Japanese Imperial Propaganda on Tuesday, June 1, at 12:00 pm PDT.

Japan’s Meiji Restoration brought swift changes through Japanese adoption of Western-style modernization and imperial expansion. Fanning the Flames brings together a range of scholarly essays and collected materials from the Hoover Institution Library & Archives detailing how Japanese propaganda played an active role in fostering national identity and mobilizing grassroots participation in the country’s transformation and wartime activities, from with the First Sino-Japanese War (1894–95) to the end of World War II.

The Fanning the Flames Speaker Series highlights conversations with leading scholars of modern East Asian history, art, and propaganda and is presented in conjunction with the book and upcoming physical exhibitions. To learn more and to see past events, videos, and highlights, please visit our new interactive online exhibition website, Fanning the Flames: Propaganda in Modern Japan .



Participant Bios

Barak Kushner
Barak Kushner is professor of East Asian history and the chair of Japanese Studies in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge. He has edited numerous books and written several monographs, including the award-winning Men to Devils, Devils to Men: Japanese War Crimes and Chinese Justice (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015). In 2020 he hosted several episodes of a major Chinese documentary on Japanese war crimes and is currently writing a book titled The Construction of Injustice in East Asia: Japan versus Its Neighbors.

Michael R. Auslin
Michael Auslin is the Payson J. Treat Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. A historian by training, he specializes in US policy in Asia and geopolitical issues in the Indo-Pacific region. His publications include Negotiating with Imperialism: The Unequal Treaties and the Culture of Japanese Diplomacy (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2004) and Asia’s New Geopolitics: Essays on Reshaping the Indo-Pacific (Stanford, CA: Hoover Institution Press, 2020). Auslin was an associate professor of history at Yale University, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo.

Toshihiko Kishi
Toshihiko Kishi is a professor at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University. His research covers twentieth-century Asian history, East Asian regional studies, and media studies. He has published extensively on East Asian history, most recently as co-editor of Picturing Taiwan: The Asahi Shimbun Press Photo Selections (Taipei: Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica, 2020), and many other books. Professor Kishi is also a member of the Science Council of Japan and a senior researcher at the Research Center for Science Systems, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

Kaoru (Kay) Ueda
Kaoru (Kay) Ueda is the curator of the Japanese Diaspora Collection at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives. She curated many of the materials used in the Fanning the Flames book and exhibition. Ueda manages the Japanese Diaspora Initiative, endowed by an anonymous gift to promote the study of overseas Japanese history during the Empire of Japan period. She is the editor of On a Collision Course: The Dawn of Japanese Migration in the Nineteenth Century (Stanford, CA: Hoover Institution Press, 2020).


Tradition Repurposed: New Year’s Pictures, Cartoons and Political Posters around the Second Sino-Japanese War
Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 12:00 pm PDT | 3:00 pm EDT 
Speaker: Dr. Shaoqian Zhang, is an associate professor of art history at Oklahoma State University


Anchors of History: The Long Shadow of Japanese Imperial Propaganda
Tuesday June 112:00 pm PDT
Speaker: Barak Kushner
Moderator: Michael R. Auslin

“War Fever” as Fueled by the Media and Popular Culture
Thursday June 104:00 pm PDT
Speaker: Toshihiko Kishi
Moderator: Kay Ueda

Kamishibai (paper plays) and the Mobilization of Women in Wartime Japan
Thursday, August 26, at 12:00 pm PDT
Speaker: Sharalyn Orbaugh
Moderator: Kay Ueda

“A Visual Revolution: The Emperor in Popular Prints” and Launch of Online Exhibition Fanning the Flames: Propaganda in Modern Japan
Tuesday, October 5, 4 pm PDT:
Speaker: Alice Tseng
Moderator: Matthew Sommer

Holding the Sword of Damocles: Japan in Russian and Soviet Popular Images, 1904-1945
Friday, November 5, 12 pm PDT
Speaker: Stephen Norris, Professor of History, Miami University
Moderator: Anatol Shmelev, Robert Conquest Curator for Russia and Eurasia, Hoover Institution Library & Archives

Special Online Symposium: Historiography of the Pacific War
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 3:00–5:30 pm PST
Speakers: Ronald Spector, Jonathan Parshall and Richard Frank
Moderator: Yuma Totani

Japanese by the Allies: Insight, Revelations and Japanese American Contributors
Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 4:00 pm PST | 7:00 pm EST (Virtual)
Speaker: Reiko Tsuchiya, professor, Waseda University

Missionaries and Nisei as “Informants” for the Civil Affairs Training School at Stanford University (1944-1945) 
February 18, 2022 (Friday) at 12:00 pm PST | 3:00 pm EST (Virtual)
Speaker: Kayoko Takeda, professor, Rikkyo University

Two Tales of Kamishibai: in Occupied Japan and Japanese-Occupied Territories
March 10, 2022 (Thursday) at 4:00 pm PST | 7:00 pm EST
Speaker: Taketoshi Yamamoto, Professor Emeritus in Japanese History, Waseda University

“Bushidō” & What Bushi Did: Loyalty, Reputation & Honor in the Samurai Tradition
April 12, 2022 (Tuesday) at 12:00 pm PST | 3:00 pm EST.
Speaker: Karl F. Friday, Professor Emeritus in the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Saitama University, and at the University of Georgia

Tradition Repurposed: New Year’s Pictures, Cartoons and Political Posters around the Second Sino-Japanese War
Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 12:00 pm PDT | 3:00 pm EDT 
Speaker: Dr. Shaoqian Zhang, is an associate professor of art history at Oklahoma State University

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