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2 - A Tale of Two Obelisks: The Many Heroic Lives of the Japanese Pirate, Hamada Yahyōe

Thursday, March 22
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Delaware Suite A, Lobby Level

Within the span of four centuries, Hamada Yahyōe has gone from forgotten, to heroic, epically heroic, and in the present age, epically forgotten. After his capture of the Dutch East India Company Governor of Taiwan, Pieter Nuyts, eighteenth century Japanese celebrated Hamada not for his piracy, but for his work with lenses and astronomy. As the threat of Western encroachment loomed in the nineteenth century, Hamada reemerged in the work of nativist scholars such as Hirata Atsutane where he became the representation of Japanese spirit and heroism. In the late nineteenth century, Hamada's legend became a popular topic of textbooks, juvenile fiction, and lessons on moral education, inspiring the first generation of Meiji statesmen as a childhood hero. Hamada's popularity increased in the early twentieth century when the Japanese government erected a memorial to him in Taiwan and posthumously granted him rank in the imperial court. During World War II, Hamada's legend inspired an epic film with the promise that Japan would defeat the West as they had done in the past. Today, Hamada Yahyōe is largely a forgotten hero of a defeated empire. Although he is no longer a national hero, Japan has not completely forgotten Hamada. His legend continues to resurface in the context of Japan's engagement with the wider world in the realms of scientific achievement and in building a global community. 

Tim Romans

Emory University, Georgia

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