We are pleased to announce that New Books Network has released a podcast about Professor David Ambaras’s recent book, Japan’s Imperial Underworlds: Intimate Encounters at the Borders of Empire. In his book, Ambaras excavates long-forgotten histories of child trafficking, marriage migration, travel and adventure writing, and piracy in the spaces between Japan and China from the 1860s to the 1930s. He argues that transgressive intimacies between Japanese and Chinese fundamentally shaped the territorial borders and imaginative geographies that defined Japan’s imperial world and continue to inform present-day views of China. Japan’s Imperial Underworlds has been shortlisted for the 2019 International Convention of Asia Scholars Book Prize in the Humanities.
Listen to the podcast HERE.
To learn more about Professor David Ambaras, visit his Faculty Page.