The 33rd GJS Seminar(163rd Tobunken/ASNET Seminar)"Traveling Ethics Textbooks in East Asia (at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries)"

Date and time:
March 2nd, 2017 (Thur.), 5:00-6:00PM


First Meeting Room (3F), Institute of Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo


Professor Nam Nguyen (Department of Oriental Studies, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University in HCMC)


English (Open to public)


Are ethics back in fashion? Recent developments in Japan—where ethics will be taught as a formal school subject starting in 2018—and in other countries around the world suggests that interest in ethical values and practices is on the rise. This talk is a preliminary survey of how ethics as a branch of knowledge from the West was introduced to Japan and became a key part of Japanese nation-building agendas during the late 19th century. By tracking the transnational/transcultural journey of one of those textbooks known as *Chūgaku rinrisho*, it also explores the transformation of ethical theories and practices in China and Vietnam during this period.

Organizer: The Global Japan Studies Network (GJS)

Co-organizer: Institute for Advanced Studeis on Asia (IASA), Network for Education and Research on Asia (ASNET)

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