Japan’s history of war, from the late 19thcentury to the present, shifts dramatically at the conclusion of World War II. After a series of intense conflicts, beginning with the Sino-Japanese war of 1894-95, Japan embraced peace and anti-militarism.
Despite the bifurcation of eras, says a UC Santa Barbara scholar, one aspect of Japanese culture remains unchanged: the use of children to validate war and sentimentalize peace: In “Playing War: Children and the Paradoxes of Modern Militarism in Japan” (University of California Press, 2017) Sabine Frühstück, a professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, explores the nexus of children and war in the country.
The International Conference on Future US-China Economic Relations is committed to improving mutual understanding of the political economy of US-China relations. The intention is to provide a platform for academic exchanges between scholars from China and the United States. China has become a major influence on world economic growth. As China is now moving into a new more normal phase of economic development, its economic slowdown is having much bigger policy implications and global impacts than expected. Renminbi (RMB) internationalization has been a focal point in recent years. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), One-Belt-One-Road, G20, and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have also brought attention to US-China economic diplomacy.
This conference intends to bring together leading scholars from China and the United States, representing a wide range of research programs, to exchange ideas on the study of current issues in US-China economic relations. Particular emphasis will be placed on the political economy of trade and financial relations as well as regional and global issues. We will also welcome perspectives from International Relations that shed light on US-China economic diplomacy.