Workshop Program: Public Image and Narrative-Making in Japan-Korea Relations (Hebrew University)

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May 28, 2017 to May 29, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Political Science, Political History / Studies, East Asian History / Studies, Japanese History / Studies, Korean History / Studies

May 28, 2017 (Sunday), The Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


08:30 - 10:00  Registration and Special Lecture                                                              

08:30  -  08:45       Registration

08:45 - 09:00   Opening Remarks by Nissim Otmazgin, Acting Director, Truman Institute/Chair, Dept. of Asian Studies

09:00 – 10:00  Special Lecture: “Lessons from Pax Asiatica for the Middle East" by Etel Solingen, University of California, Irvine, CA, USA


10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break


10:30 – 12:00 Panel I: Images & Governmental Policies                                                           

Chair: Ira Lyan, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Commentator: Galia Press-Barnathan, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel


 “Seal Fights: Representations of Nature in Japan-Korea Dispute over Dokdo/Takeshima”

Alex Bukh, University of Wellington, New Zealand


 “Overseas Infrastructure Investment Policies of Japan and Korea”

Hironori Sasada, Hokkaido University, Japan


“Recognition and Status: Japan and South Korea's Projection of Soft Power”

Nissim Otmazgin, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel


12:00 – 13:30 Lunch Break


13:30 – 15:00 Panel II: Narratives & Images and Social Ideologies                             

Chair:  Seung Hyok Lee, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Commentator: Dima Mironenko, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel


 “Japan’s Image of South Korea Today: The Lessons from Ajia shisō”

Taku Tamaki, Loughborough University, UK


 “Representation of Apology: A comparative Study of Korea and Japan”

Seongbin Hwang, Rikkyo University, Japan


 “Sport, Nationalism, and Media: The Ambiguity of the Multi-national Masculinity of Yŏkdosan (Rikidōzan)” Jooyeon Rhee, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break


15:30 – 17:00 Panel III: Comparisons: China/Taiwan Factors in Japan-Korea Relations

Chair: Jooyeon Rhee

Commentator: Alon Levkowitz, Bar-Ilan University, Israel


 “A Comparative Study of Taiwan and South Korea's Public Images toward Japan”

To-Hai Liou, National Chengchi University, Taiwan


“The hardness of soft power in Sino-Japanese relations”

Linus Hagström, Swedish Defense University, Sweden


 “Is Korea leaning toward China?: Japanese national narratives concerning historical Korea-China linkage and their implications on Japan-South Korea relations”

Seung Hyok Lee, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Wooyeal Paik, Yonsei University, South Korea


17:00 – 17: 30 Coffee break


17:30 – 18:30 Panel IV: Concluding Session                                                                   

Roundtable discussions and Q&A participated by all the presenters and the audience about future plans

Chair: Nissim Otmazgin

Commentator: Elie Friedman, The Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, Israel


19:00 - Farewell dinner in downtown


May 29, 2017 (Monday)

10:30 - 12:00 Documentary Screening                                                                             

This Island is Ours: Defending Dokdo/Reclaiming Takeshima by Alex Bukh. Media Room #29

16:30 - 18:00: Special Lecture  on Sino-Korea(s) Relations                                          

"THAAD deployment and Sino-South Korean Relations,” To-hai Liou, Room 3001, Rabin Building

Sponsored by:

The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace

The Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations

The Louis Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies

Ministry of Education, Republic of China (Taiwan)

The Academy of Korean Studies


The Department of Asian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is the oldest in Israel and is one of the biggest departments in the Faculty of Humanities, home to over 300 students specializing in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Indian Studies. The department is characterized by its excellence in research and teaching, and it maintains an environment of cooperation between students and faculty in a wide array of extracurricular activities. To read more about the department, visit:

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