Projects by the autumn 2015 History of East Asia since 1800 class.

Migration to Japan


Out of the 130 million residing in Japan today, over 2.2 million are said to be immigrants. Although many are attracted by the economic pull factors that offer them a better standard of living than in their country of origin, social and cultural factors also play an undeniably large role in migration too.

In the case of Chinese, Korean and returning Japanese-Brazilian migrants that make up a large proportion of the immigrants in Japan, understanding the history and national relations between Japan and these countries are essential to understanding the lives of these people.

This website will give you a brief insight into the history of behind these three cases of migration and the experiences that they have gone through, allowing you to see the interesting differences and similarities that lie between each.

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Bakumatsu board game

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Our project aims to investigate the triangle relations between China, Japan, and Taiwan from the end of WWII to present day. For Taiwan’s foreign relations, we evaluate from 1949 because it is part of China between 1945 and 1949 and the relevant information is discussed under China’s foreign relations. We will study each bilateral relationship separately and attempt to assess important events that may have an influence on the relations. From these events, we will outline general trends that can be seen throughout certain time periods. At the end, we will attempt to propose predictions of the future and how relations will continue to develop. Through this study, we hope to present a holistic picture of the development of relations between China, Japan and Taiwan, which could help us understand the general factors determining the foreign policy conducts of the three countries. As a result, we are able to construct appropriate policies to address the disputes that are going on recently among the three countries.

The final product of the research will be shown in the website, along with a timeline of the most important events.

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Japanese_troops_along_street_in_NankingFrequently, tensions flare up between the three countries in East Asian countries – Japan, South Korea, and Japan. One main reason for tensions is the historical legacy, especially World War II legacy, that continues to plague relations. The reason why World War II legacy continues to impede friendly relations seventy years after the war can be attributed to history education. As history education is a way for nations to frame events and instill particular values in the future generation, World War II is taught differently in all three countries. This project aims to help us gain a better idea on how history education on World War II differs, focusing on key events and issues, namely, the Nanjing Massacre, Unit 731, and comfort women. Through this, we can hopefully have a better understanding on why conflicts over history still exist.