Hoover Visiting Fellow Eiichiro Azuma Awarded History Prize

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Hoover Visiting Fellow Eiichiro Azuma received the 2020 John K. Fairbank Prize in East Asian History from the American Historical Association for his latest book In Search of Our Frontier: Japanese America and Settler Colonialism in the Construction of Japan's Borderless Empire (University of California Press, 2019).

The Japanese Diaspora Initiative (JDI) aims to make the Hoover Institution Library & Archives a leading center for archive-based research and analysis on historical issues regarding Japan during its period of empire. As a visiting fellow, Azuma is researching the experiences of Japanese-American US soldiers in Occupied Japan (1945–52), as well as how the story of their military heroism during World War II helped buoy the rearmament of postwar Japan and the resurgence of ethno-racial nationalism, despite the destruction of the Japanese empire.