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Lecture | Leiden Lecture Series in Japanese Studies

Dokdo/Takeshima Territorial Dispute and Social Activism in Japan and Korea

  • Alexander Bukh (Victoria University)
Friday 11 November 2016
Leiden Lecture Series in Japanese Studies
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

The territorial dispute between Japan and Korea over the ownership of Dokdo/Takeshima islets resurfaced in the early 2000s and today is one of the major stumbling blocks in bilateral relations. However, the dispute is not limited to state to state relations, as in both countries there are citizens' groups actively engaged in protesting, lobbying, and educating the public. Who are these people? What do they do in their everyday life? What motivates them to engage in this kind of activism? How do they see the other side? The usually sensational media coverage of their activities does not answer  these questions. In this talk Alexander Bukh will discuss his research project and a documentary film that aims to provide some answers to these questions.

About the speaker

Alexander is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations. Alexander was born in Moscow, grew up in Israel and spent over 20 years living in Asia (mainly Japan but also Thailand and Korea) before moving to New Zealand in 2012. Prior to his current appointment at Victoria University, he was an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tsukuba University, Japan.

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