Saturday, July 08, 2006
Asian History Carnival #5
Welcome to the Asian History Carnival #5. In this, I am highlighting notable recent posts from the history blogosphere. My thanks to the many who have offered advice or submitted posts including Jonathan Dresner, Jennie Weber, Otto Pohl, Jon Swift, Joe Bartlett, Dan Harris, and an anonymous submitter who sent me several good recommendations.
Korea on my Mind
The recent North Korean missile tests have been commented on all over the blogosphere. As such, it is not surprising that two history blogs covered it as well. Andrew Meyer's discussion of the Korean Missile Crisis has some good historical background and clearly relies on historical trends. MajorDad1984 in Sorry, Kim. This One Just Doesn't Have the Distance.... compares North Korea’s obsession with missile testing to the Soviet Union which spent itself into oblivion spending too much money on weapons and predicts a similar result.
Konrad Lawson visited a historical recreation village in Korea and included some pictures with his observations.
Owen Miller noted an ongoing dispute about the return of Korean documents taken by the French in 1866.
Want to smoke a joint in South Korea? Don’t! Owen Miller also looked at the history of Marijuana prohibition in Korea.
Hanikyoreh has photographs of life going on during the Korean War. (I will have to trust the submitter on this one as I can not read Korean.)
Thinking about China as Well
Andrew Meyer remembered the 17th Anniversary of Tiananmen incident. This brought back memories to me as well. I remember taking some newly arrived Chinese students to the library at my American campus the next summer and showing them the newsmagazine photos of the massacre when they asked me about rumors that something had happened.
Alan Baumler looked at the celebration (or lack thereof) of Father's Day in China.
Jennie Weber wrote about an American presidential visit which may have been the week that changed the world. Who would have guessed that the Nixon trip to China would have been so significant?
I noted a letter of advice to Queen Victoria written by Lin Zexu. 19th century China was fighting drug abuse long before the western world was.
Dan Harris asked Why China Stagnated? and used economic history to try and answer.
Mutantfrog cites two articles on a whale-lunch experiment. While not history related, I will include this submission anyway as I find the idea of eating whale meat shocking. Is there not a world wide ban on whaling right now? Or is the tradition of eating whale meat anyway based on tradition what makes this post of note to history bloggers?
Mutantfrog also discusses race and racism in Tezuka comics and browses the National Diet Library. This library is similar to the Library of Congress but not nearly as old.
Should Japanese students be taught to love their country? That sounds rather obvious to me but it is controversial as some believe it could lead to militarism. Nick Kapur looks at the Japanese Diet which has been debating several competing bills to revise the Fundamental Education Law of 1947 which addresses this.
Jonathan Dresner discussed some amateur hypotheses on the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
There was some excitement over Sino-Japanese War Art at MIT. While Alan Baumler (1, 2) and Jonathan Dresner tended to side strongly with Dower/Miyagawa, Winnie Wong made a case that from her perspective as an art historian that the exhibit was indeed flawed.
Alan Baumler has a great discussion of a new tri-national textbook on East Asia.He also discusses the role of memorization in Asian (and Western) history and writing before the advent of Google.
Ahistoricality believes that a blogger is misusing Gandhi historically.
Abdusalaam Al-Hindi reports on a 1930 conversation between Tagore and Einstein. Or was this a joke? Brian Ulrich looks at the life of the Umayyad Caliph Abd al-Malik.
Shash o Panj finds the stinky other around the Round Table in the form of Sir Palomides, the Saracen knight of King Arthur's world.Cutting the Chai has nine installments of vintage Indian ads which are fun, often colorful, and probably will bring back memories for those who saw them when they were first published.
Jon Swift writes Let's Not Nuke Iran-Yet. However, if the times comes, the war planners would do well to learn from the Vietnam War and do it right this time.
J. Otto Pohl asks What Happened to the Ethnic Chinese in the Soviet Far East?
Thank you for stopping by! When I find out who is hosting the next Asian History Carnival, I will note it here.