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Historical Studies Program and Dean of the College Present

Friday, February 1, 2019
Beyond the “White Man’s Burden” and the “Yellow Peril”: Rethinking U.S.–Pacific Relations in the Progressive Era
Olin, Room 102
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Chris Suh
PhD Candidate, Department of History, Stanford University
This talk will examine the history of race, empire, and inequality during the Progressive Era in the transpacific context by focusing on the life of an American-educated Korean reformer named Yun Ch’i-ho (1865–1945), best known today as a “collaborator” during Korea’s colonial period under Japan. Drawing on archival sources from South Korea and the United States, this talk will explain the process through which the United States came to include Japan in the “family of civilized nations,” and the ways in which American ideas about racial “progress”—often articulated with reference to African Americans in the South—both contributed to and challenged the imperial order in the Pacific, precisely at the moment when the United States began to emerge as a Pacific power.

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Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Location: Olin, Room 102