James J. Orr
Associate Professor and Chair
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Phone: (570) 577-3388
Fax: (570) 577-3760
Ph.D.: 1996 Stanford University, History (Modern
M.A.: 1987 University of Washington, International
Studies (East Asia: Japan Regional Studies)
B.A.: 1979 Yale University, Economics
Recent Publications and Presentations
- "Little League in Japan: It's a Hit," presented at NINE Spring Training Conference, Tempe, Arizona, March 2015.
- "Japan's Hiroshima: The National Appropriation of Nuclear Bomb Victimhood," in Asada Sadao, ed., The Atomic Bomb in Japanese and American Perspectives, forthcoming (in Japanese).
- “Hiroshima, then Tokyo: Timing in the rise of victim narratives,” presented Dec. 2014 at conference,“Authenticity and Victimhood in Twentieth Century History and Commemorative Culture” hosted by the Institute of Contemporary History, Berlin, Germany.
- “The Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion: Non-ethnic Veterans, State Pensions, and Yasukuni Enshrinement,” presented April 2014 at conference, “Wounds, Scars, and Healing: Civil Society and Postwar Pacific Basin Reconciliation," organized by University of Sydney and hosted by the Academy of Korean Studies, Seoul, Korea.
- "Hibakusha Testimony as Oral History: Thoughts for Teachers" (June 2010) Japan Society of New York, "About Japan: A Teacher's Resource."
- "Victims and Perpetrators in National Memory: Lessons from Post-World War Two Japan." Revue Suisse d'Histoire (RSH: Swiss Historical Review) 57.1 (2007): 1-16.
Victim as Hero: Ideologies of Peace and National Identity in
Postwar Japan (2001). University
of Hawaii Press..
- Current projects:
- History of Little League in Japan, the first two decades
- Victim narratives as part of popular remembrance of war in East
Asia (Japan, China, Taiwan, South Korea)
- Collective remembrance of the atomic bombings and the fire bombings
- Yasui Kaoru: A life of political and cultural engagement
- Remembrance of war in constructions of national identity
- Japanese pacifism
- Historical analysis of popular culture
For a fuller curriculum vitae, click here .
- Modern and Premodern Japanese History
- Remembrance of Hiroshima in Japan and the United States
- Constructions of National Identity in East Asia
- Japanese History through Film
- Spring 2016
- EAST256/HIST286 Contemporary Japanese History
- EAST400 Senior Thesis
Scheduled leave, Academic Year 2016/2017--I will be spending most of my time on leave working on a book on the history of Little League in Japan.
My Bucknell Blog
Moderator for A-Bomb Survivor Panel Discussion and Webcast, at the Japan Society of New York, May 21, 2010. See accompanying teacher's resource on using hibakusha testimony as oral history.
Guest lecture with Tom Hayden, moderated by Amy Goodman, "Reflections on Citizen Movements: Peace and Politics in the U.S. & Japan" at the Japan Society of New York, May 27, 2008. Part of the Satya Graha Forum. Podcast of talk available (begin at minute 41of the podcast).
Web links of interest:
A quote for your consideration:
"As a matter of general principle, I believe there can be no doubt that
criticism in time of war is essential to the maintenance of any kind of
democratic government. Perhaps nothing today distinguishes democratic
government in England so greatly from the totalitarianism of Germany as
the freedom of criticism which has existed continuously in the House of
Commons and elsewhere in England. Of course that criticism should not
give any information to the enemy. But too many people desire to
suppress criticism simply because they think that it will give some
comfort to the enemy to know that there is such criticism. If that
comfort makes the enemy feel better for a few moments, they are welcome
to it as far as I am concerned, because the maintenance of the right of
criticism in the long run will do the country maintaining it a great
deal more good than it will do the enemy, and will prevent mistakes
which might otherwise occur."
Taft, December 19, 1941. From The
Papers of Robert Taft (Kent, 1997), p. 303.
This page is maintained by Jim Orr, email@example.com . Last
update April 2015.