History That Opens the Future: A Multinational History Textbook

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.