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The History of African American and Japan Relations

June 27, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+9


Event Description

There has been a lot of misinformation about the relationship between African Americans and Japanese. We will have renowned scholar and author Dr. Reginald Kearney lead a discussion about the historical relationship from his life’s research, career, and published books, “The Twentieth Century Japanese: African American Views of the Japanese” and “Reconcilable Differences: Issues in African American-Japanese Relations”.

Rikkyo University associate lecturer of Transnational Intellectual and Cultural History and Ph.D. Candidate of Modern Japanese History at the University of Oxford’s Faculty of History, Warren Stanislaus, will review the evolution of the relationship between people of African descent and Japan. He will help us examine the current view of how the liberation of Japanese youth can be aided because of the African American liberation movement.

We are honored to end our month of June with this event! African Americans continue to pioneer abroad and contribute to the Blaxit movement across the globe in all industries. As we face many challenges as citizens, residents, and expats in Japan, it is important to know our history and those continuing to do the work 🎌✊🏿

About Your Lecturers:

Reginald Kearney

Dr. Reginald Kearney is a renowned scholar and author known for chronicling the historical relationship between African Americans and Japanese people. Dr. Kearney has earned several awards for his research including a Fulbright Scholarship, a Japan Foundation Fellowship, and a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship. In addition, he has published several journal articles and two books, “Nijuuseiki no Nihonjin: Amerika Kokujin no Nihonjinkan” (The twentieth century Japanese: African American views of the Japanese) 1900-1945 (translated by Shin Yamanoto) and “Reconcilable Differences: Issues in African American-Japanese Relation.” His robust knowledge makes him a sought after speaker. He has taught in Japan, the United States, and Korea. Dr. Kearney holds a B.A. in political science from Morgan State University. He furthered his studies by earning an M.A. in East Asian History from the University of Hawaii, and a Ph.D. in U.S. History from Kent State University.

Warren Stanislaus

Warren Stanislaus is a Ph.D. Candidate in modern Japanese history at the University of Oxford’s Faculty of History. Originally from South East London he has spent 11+ years in Tokyo, speaks fluent Japanese, and is learning advanced Mandarin Chinese. Previously, he worked as a foreign policy researcher at Asia Pacific Initiative, a Tokyo-based think tank. He teaches Transnational Intellectual and Cultural History as an associate lecturer at Rikkyo University, Japan. In 2019, Warren was named No.3 in the UK’s Top 10 Rare Rising Stars Awards.



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    June 27, 2021
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+9
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