Tessa Morris-Suzuki

Tessa Morris-Suzuki, FAHA, is Professor of Japanese History and holds an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship at The Australian National University. Her research focuses on aspects of modern Japanese and East Asian regional history, particularly cross-border movement between Japan and its Asian neighbours; issues of history, memory and reconciliation in Northeast Asia; and grassroots social movements in Japan. Her most recent books include East Asia beyond the history wars: Confronting the ghosts of war (with Morris Low, Leonid Petrov and Timothy Y. Tsu; Routledge 2013), Borderline Japan: Foreigners and frontier controls in the postwar era (Cambridge University Press 2010) and Exodus to North Korea: Shadows from Japan’s Cold War (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2007). In 2013 she was awarded the Fukuoka Prize (academic award) for contributions to the study of East Asian history.

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New Worlds from Below »

Informal life politics and grassroots action in twenty-first-century Northeast Asia

In Asia today, the grand ideologies of the past have lost their power over the popular imagination. Even in many of the region’s democracies, popular engagement in the political process faces profound challenges. Yet amidst this landscape of political disenchantment, groups of ordinary people across Asia are finding new ways to take control of their own lives, respond to threats to their physical and cultural survival, and build better futures. This collection of essays by prominent scholars and activists traces the rise of a quiet politics of survival from the villages of China to Japan’s Minamata and Fukushima, and from the street art of Seoul and Hong Kong to the illegal markets of North Korea. Introducing an innovative conceptual framework, New Worlds from Below shows how informal grassroots politics in Northeast Asia is generating new ideas and practices that have region-wide and global relevance.

The Social Sciences in the Asian Century »

In this collection of essays, we reflect on what it means to practise the social sciences in the twenty-first century. The book brings together leading social scientists from the Asia-Pacific region. We argue for the benefit of dialogue between the diverse theories and methods of social sciences in the region, the role of the social sciences in addressing real-world problems, the need to transcend national boundaries in addressing regional problems, and the challenges for an increasingly globalised higher education sector in the twenty-first century. The chapters are a combination of theoretical reflections and locally focused case studies of processes that are embedded in global dynamics and the changing geopolitics of knowledge. In an increasingly connected world, these reflections will be of global relevance.