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The Media and How it Shapes History in East Asia

last modified Feb 03, 2015 12:24 PM

Dr Barak Kushner (University of Cambridge) and Professor Rana Mitter (Oxford University) ran a Toshiba Foundation-funded international conference from Friday, 30th January to Sunday, 1st February, 2015 at the University of Cambridge on "The media and how it shapes history in East Asia".

Participants from China, Japan, Europe and America gathered over several days to discuss, debate, and converse about a variety of key issues related to media in East Asia and its interaction with history. Attendees spent a few days in intense and productive meetings, bolstered by informed exchanges of opinions between academics who analyze the media and those within the industry who produce and create it.

The goal of the conference was to provide a venue to engage those in media and those consuming and investigating it to examine the many ways in which contemporary news, television, print journalism, and new social media shape the manner in which inhabitants of East Asia (China, Taiwan, North and South Korea, Japan) see their own history, understand their regional histories, and employ it to reflect on the past and present.

Photos and more details on the conference web site.

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