The University of Hawaii School of Asian and Pacific Studies; its constituent area centers for Korea, Japan, and China; the Northeast Asia History Foundation; and the East-West Center will host a conference and planning meeting to consider a recently published multinational textbook on East Asian history. The conference will take place October 8 and 9, 2007, at the Center for Korean Studies.
At the heart of the conference is a textbook on modern East Asia written by historians of China, Japan, and South Korea with the intent of producing a work that would be considered objective and acceptable to the citizens of all three countries. This book, History that Opens the Future: The Modern History of the Three Countries of East Asia, was first printed in May 2005.
A highlight of the conference will be a keynote speech on Monday, October 8, by Mark Selden of Cornell University, who will address the topic of history and memory in East Asia in the context of writing history.
The complete conference schedule is available on line at http://www.hawaii.edu/korea/pages/announce/openhist.html.