- Presentation 1
- Ideology or Racism: Historical Origin of Immigration Control Bureau in Postwar Japan Historiography after Metahistory
by Sara Park (Kobe University)
- Presentation 2
- Memory of ‘Compatriots’ and Defining the Boundary of Korean National Community
by Seung-Min Lee (Waseda University)
- Presentation 3
- History, "Christian Nationalism," and Neoliberal Politics in Contemporary Hungary by Yudai Anegawa (Chiba University)
- Citizenship and (re)Imagined National Communities in Post-Communist Romania and Hungary by Constantin Iordachi’s (Central European University)
- Prof. Dr. Carol Gluck (Columbia University)
Dr. Zuzanna Bogumił (The Maria Grzegorzewska University)
From the 28th to the 30th of March, 2018, the 25th International Conference of Europeanists ( theme: Europe and the World: Mobilities, Values and Citizenship) was held in Chicago. Under the title “Citizenship and Memory in Eastern Europe and East Asia: A Comparison”, the panel was organized as below.
First paper by Sara Park (Kobe University) clarified how the Koreans became regarded as “illegal entrants” in postwar Japan based on archival materials and interviews. Second speaker, Seung-Min Lee (Waseda University) depicted clearly that the memory and narrative about overseas Koreans have had influence both on the legal and on the emotional relationship between the Korea and “Compatriots” by dealing with “Overseas Korean Act”. After these presentations on the cases of Asia, Yudai Anegawa (Chiba University) pointed out that the historical perception of the current Government of Hungary and the exclusion of the poor, immigrants and Roma people as the nation’s enemy are one and indivisible. Constantin Iordachi’s (Central European University) paper about dual citizenship of Hungary and Rumania was just delivered to the participants because of his absence from the conference.
As a discussant, Carol Gluck (Columbia University) and Zuzanna Bogumił (The Maria Grzegorzewska University) provided fascinating comments. They emphasized that both in Asia and in Eastern Europe the national memories had been frozen during the Cold War. Similarly the ethnicization of citizenship is discerned commonly in both regions, where citizenship is still based on the national belonging. Our panel was unique in terms of the composition of the papers and captured the attention of participants who share the same research interests.