Professor Ken Kawashima to Speak at Triangle Japan Forum,

Professor Ken Kawashima (University of Toronto, History and East Asian Studies) will present a paper, “For the Indispensably Disposable: Crisis, Biopolitics, and Everyday Life,” 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 1, at Duke University, Smith Warehouse right across Main Street from East Campus, room C107 (Bay 4, 1st floor)

Kawashima is the author of The Proletarian Gamble: Korean Workers in Interwar Japan

[Duke Press link]

978-0-8223-4417-9_pr.jpg“This book establishes Ken C. Kawashima not simply as one of the best students of modern Japanese history in the world, but as one with a rare facility for effective use of theory amid a plethora of primary sources in Japanese and Korean. This book illustrates at once a very detailed daily life of Korean day workers in various Japanese cities, a study thoroughly at home with both modern Japanese and Korean history, and an author who is fully versed in a wide body of theory—Marx, Benjamin, Althusser, Foucault, Žižek, and many others. It is simply the best book in East Asian history that I have read in many years.”—Bruce Cumings, University of Chicago

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