The GJS lecture "Countries for Commercial Relations: The Tokugawa Struggle to Control Chinese in Japan" by Professor Fuyuko Matsukata was held at the First Meeting Room, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia on Thursday, November 24 . In her lecture, Professor Matsukata discussed the process of how the Tokugawa government categorized the Qing Dynasty as one of the "countries for commercial relations (通商之国)” through a series of events such as the failure to open a diplomatic channel with Ming China, the anti-Christian policy, the Ming-Qing transition, and the rise and fall of Zheng family’s administration in Taiwan. Professor Matsukata also discussed the Tokugawa government’s categorization of the "Chinese (唐人)" and the “pseudo-subjects” through many valuable historical materials. Even though Tokyo had its first snow of the season that day (snow falls in November in Tokyo for first time in 54 years!), we enjoyed a lively discussion with a large audience.
Title: Countries for Commercial Relations: The Tokugawa Struggle to Control Chinese in Japan
Speaker: Fuyuko Matsukata (Associate Professor, Historiographical Institute, The Universiry of Tokyo)
Date and time: November 24 (Thur.), 4:00-5:30PM
Venue: First Meeting Room (3F), Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo
Organizer: The Global Japan Studies Network (GJS)
Co-organizer: Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, the University of Tokyo (IASA)