Join us virtual for the 2021 Annual Pauley Lecture Series on Global Affairs. Dr. Thomas W. Burkman Research Professor Emeritus of Asian Studies at the University at Buffalo will present Can Nations Forgive? The Case of Japan and its Asian Neighbors
Throughout the world we can observe numerous cases of prolonged animosity between nations. These conflicts often involve historical national enemies, who keep alive memories of some abuse in the past. It is not uncommon that later generations feel the anger more acutely than the people who initially were wronged.
Professor Burkman, drawing on the field of peace research, will review the historical abuses that continue to divide Japan, China, and Korea, and recent efforts on all sides to bring resolution. The world has seen instances of international forgiveness, but it is usually an implicit process over a period of time. What steps can be taken to facilitate reconciliation among Japan and its neighbors?