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ALPHA Education Webinar Speaker Series 2020-2021

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Politics of Memory: Redress, Reconciliation & Justice

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You are invited to join us for our Third Webinar on Politics of Memory: Redress, Reconciliation & Justice.

Historical accounts of World War II history in Asia tended to be dominated by the political and military agenda of the United States and its post-war allies including Japan. Together, they created memories of the war that do not reflect the perspectives of victimized countries, in particular the overlooked and silenced memories of victims, eye-witnesses and survivors.

Dr. Sachiyo Tsukamoto and Judge Julie Tang will discuss and reflect on the politics of memory, and on how historical memory can offer paths towards justice and peace.

Dr. Tsukamoto’s work examines the pivotal role of gender in the reconstruction of war memory and national identity and points out how, in the case of Japan, Japanese survivors’ voices of trauma challenge the state’s preferred patriarchal narrative of the war.

Judge Julie Tang’s advocacy work with the ‘Comfort Women’ Justice Coalition was crucial to the official recognition of the “Comfort Women” memorial in San Francisco in 2017. It features three young women - from Korea, China and the Philippines - standing in a circle holding hands, memorizing the “comfort women” experiences and a reference to the women’s social justice movement.

This informative and provocative presentation by Dr. Sachiyo Tsukamoto and Judge Julie Tang on Politics of Memory: Redress, Reconciliation & Justice will be on March 18th, 2021 at 8:00 - 9:30 PM EST (Toronto) / 5:00 - 6:30 PM PST (San Francisco); March 19th, 2021 at 11:00 -12:30 AM AEDT (NSW, Australia) / 8:00 - 9:30 AM CHINA TIME / 9:00 - 10:30 AM KOREA, JAPAN TIME via ZOOM.

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