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Organized Panel Session

Alternative Memories, Alternative Facts: Case Studies from China and Japan

Saturday, July 7
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Juniper, New Building

It is tempting to view the political developments in Trump-era America as a new phenomenon unique to the contemporary United States, but our panel presents four case studies from China and Japan which show alternative facts have a long history in East Asia. The task of identifying the ways alternative facts have been deployed to erase ‘real’ history is a vital one, as is the task of looking beyond the palimpsest-like surface to find whatever traces remain of the original facts. Using this thematic focus, rather than a national or discipline-specific one, our panel moves beyond traditional boundaries of historical inquiry to unite seemingly disparate topics of study. Key for us is identifying who promoted alternative facts, and why these groups were successful or not, in our four case studies.


Igor Chabrowski examines how local elites in 1930s Sichuan demonized opera’s traditional interpretation of history, seeking to replace it with a more favorable history of alternative facts. Bingling Wei discusses CCP pressure on the Red Cross Society of China, and how alternative facts separated this organization from its global parent. Xuening Kong analyzes two films by Zhang Yimou, identifying their alternative version of the past as it relates to the historical memory of family and gender. Finally, Sean O’Reilly seeks to solve the riddle of how obviously false alternative facts were peddled so successfully in wartime Japan. Taken together, our four papers offer a perspective on East Asian history and alternative facts as ominous as it is relevant for 2018.

Sean D. O'Reilly

Akita International University, Japan

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Sean D. O'Reilly

Akita International University, Japan

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Igor Chabrowski

Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Bingling Wei

University of Adelaide, Australia

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Xuening Hong

University of Buffalo, United States

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Sean D. O'Reilly

Akita International University, Japan

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Yun Xia

Valparaiso University, United States

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