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Japan and the West: From first encounters to contemporary global issues

Japan and the West



Japan and the West focused on points of intersection between Japan, Europe, and America from their first encounters to the present. It wove together visual art with primary and secondary source texts in order to explore historical change and continuity from multiple perspectives. Several connections to US History were drawn.

– Japan’s “closed country” policy in the age of global expansion
– Excerpts from Van Gogh’s letters
– Western liberalism and civil rights in the Meiji era
– Post-WWII woodblock prints and protest art
– Art and writing inspired by the 3.11 triple disaster


– Saturday, October 3, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
– Saturday, October 24, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
– Thursday, November 5, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
– Saturday, November 7, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Melanie King, art history faculty at Seattle Central College


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Seminar benefits

– 27 Washington State OSPI clock hours (free) OR Two 400-level UW credits (for a fee)
– Course materials, including excerpts from the books listed above
– Light lunches
– One-year subscription to subscription to Education about Asia
– $100 for the purchase of teaching materials about Japan

East Asia Resource Center

Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington
Box 353650
Seattle WA, 98195-3650