US-East Asia relations close out Coe's Thursday Forum calendar

Extra: Lonnie Zingula, Associate Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2010-03-25 14:04:43 - General

Coe College History Professor David Nordmann closes out the Thursday Forum academic year by examining the history of United States and East Asia relations.

The Thursday Forum lecture series for adult learners will commence on April 8 - one week later than originally scheduled - and continue through April 29. There is no Thursday Forum session on April 1.

Topics will include early American commercial interest in Asia, Chinese immigration and the building of the transcontinental railroad, American missionaries in Asia, the anti-Chinese movement of the 1880s, early Japanese and Korean immigration, the U.S. annexation of Hawaii, the relocation of West Coast Japanese in World War II, the 442nd Japanese-American infantry battalion, the Asian civil rights movement, and recent Asian immigrants.

The lectures will focus on how increased contact between Americans and Asians created "exotic" images of the other that exaggerated cultural differences. Depending on the circumstance, this resulted in inter-racial hostility or in idealization of the other culture. Nordmann, a 1987 Coe graduate, will explore how this trend continues in the present.

The lectures are held in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. Each session begins with coffee and pastries from 8:45-9:15 a.m., followed by the class until 11:30 a.m. The course is open to all adults and registration is on-site. The cost of the four-part series is $30, or $10 per week.

For more information, call (319) 399-8561.