The University of Iowa

CAPS lectures: Shaping public memory in Japan; Chinese in the Philippine Life

October 26th, 2012

Please join the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) for the following two events. Both are free and open to the public.

Thursday, November 1, 2012, from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Title: “Risky Business: How Japanese Corporations Shape Public Memory
Presented by: Dr. Christopher Gerteis, Lecturer in the History of Contemporary Japan, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Place: 302 Schaeffer Hall, UI Campus

This talk examines the role that historical narrative plays in the public relations agenda of corporate Japan. Most member companies of Japan’s 20th-century keiretsu (corporate conglomerates that included Mitsubishi, Mitsui, and Sumitomo) regularly published official histories as a means of enhancing corporate prestige and to evade critical discussion of their past indiscretions. As a result, company history narratives often obscure more than they illuminate about the corporate subject.

This event is co‐sponsored by the Department of History, the Department of Political Science, and the School of Journalism & Mass Communication (CLAS); the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (International Programs); and the Institute for International Business (Tippie College of Business).

Monday, November 5, 2012, at noon
Title: Chinese in the Philippine Life: Shared History, Shared Destiny
Presented by: Theresita Ang-See, Independent Scholar
Place: 302 Schaeffer Hall, UI Campus

As a renowned scholar of Chinese in the Philippines, Teresita Ang-See has done tremendous work to promote the mutual understanding between the Chinese and native Filipinos in the Philippines, as well in other Southeast Asian countries. She worked to improve community life for poor and indigenous Filipinos and led a movement to eliminate crime and corruption that were rampant in the Philippines. For her multiple achievements, she was awarded the Outstanding Woman of the Nation in 1992.

Please contact CAPS at 319-335-1305 or if you have any questions about attending the two events.