Thursday, October 22, 2020 2:00 PM
Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs
Korean Peninsula Affairs Center presents
The Unbearable Heaviness of Being: America Between Japan and Korea
Even before the horrible COVID-19 pandemic erupted in late 2019, it was tempting to blame everything wrong with American foreign policy on Donald Trump’s presidency. However, the problem for Americans is that in some instances the Trump administration has simply unveiled the crass and often racist practices that have long informed US government behavior. Put differently, Donald Trump and his supporters exacerbate bad situations, yet some of the situations were bad to begin with. This is abundantly clear with regards to American policy towards mutual Northeast Asian allies, South Korea and Japan.
Professor of History
University of Connecticut
Alexis Dudden is professor of
history at the University of Connecticut, where she teaches modern Japanese,
Korean, and international history. She publishes regularly in print and
online media and is completing a book project tentatively called, The
Opening and Closing of Japan, 1850-2020. Dudden received her BA from
Columbia University in 1991 and her PhD in history from the University of
Chicago in 1998. Since 1985, she has lived and studied for extended periods of
time in Japan and South Korea.
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