“Hereditary Democracy in Japan and its Effect on War Memory”
Isadora Jaffee wrote this paper for a history course, US-Asia Wars in History and Memory. Her paper reflects on hereditary links in Japanese politics, emphasizing continuities but also embedding contemporary support for “hereditary democracy” in memory politics. Isadora makes the case for why such hereditary politics makes sense to today’s Japanese voters. Isadora was nominated by Professor Jason Petrulis.
“The Struggle of Okinawa: Contentious Social Movement in the Anti-base Movement”
Cassie Guevara’s capstone project uses the collective contentious movement against the U.S. military base in Okinawa as a case study. She demonstrates how history, politics, culture, and foreign policy has influenced the anti-base movement. Cassie translated local Japanese newspapers and materials to create a multifaceted portrayal of all parties involved. Cassie’s project was nominated by Professor Qiusha Ma. She was also selected as the 2013-2015 Oberlin Shansi Fellow to Japan.