Northeast Asia

Organized Panel Session

Finding 'Home' Through Art: Japan's Lost War and Creative Lives

Saturday, July 7
10:20 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Mahogany, First Floor

Three renowned Japanese modern artists, Yoshida Hiroshi, Miyamoto Saburō, and Fujita Tsuguharu — one famed for woodblocks and two oil painters — are the actors whose roles in creating the imagined 'Greater East Asia' of Japan's wartime propagandists are interrogated here. How did work by two with extensive global experience and artistic success in decades before the Asia-Pacific War of 1931-1945 become synonymous with Japanese ultranationalist war propaganda? Travelers of the world prior to Japan's war, questing to create art unbounded by geography, each was called 'home' to their roots to serve their nation under the slogan "Paintbrush Managed and Serving the Country."  

How did war capture the talents of the creative causing them to pivot away from lifetimes exploring cultural diversity to risk becoming emblematic of the parochial, even while professing to forge one "Asia" out of the continent from which Japan drew much of its essence? Bringing together scholars from India, Japan, China, and America, approaching this topic from different disciplines - a practicing artist and art historian, a specialist in language and literature, and a historian of Japan and social history of war - come together to examine this conundrum.

This panel promises interactivity. Each panelist will present only their core argument and points of controversy before the session shifts to visuals. Each presenter commits to show several images produced by these artists for interpretation by audience and panel alike led by our Discussant, an expert in cross-cultural analysis.

Theodore F. Cook, Jr.

William Paterson University, United States

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Haruko Taya. Cook

William Paterson University, United States

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Anu Jindal

Purple Streak Center for Arts, India

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Theodore F. Cook, Jr.

William Paterson University, United States

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Haruko Taya. Cook

William Paterson University, United States

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Nanyan Guo

International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Japan

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