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An Imperial Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: The Japanese Occupation of the Mongolian Steppe

April 30, 4:30 PM

Free

In the 1930s, Imperial Japan expanded into the Mongol territories of Northeast China, where nomadic herders lived on the steppe. Japanese planners, however, did not see seasonal migration as a rational use of resources, but rather, the root of overgrazing and degradation. As a result, they sought to eliminate nomadic features of herding. Japanese experimental farms began disseminating alien grasses and hybrid animals from Australia and North America whose intensive care demanded sedentary patterns of livelihood, undercutting nomadic practice over time. While the steppe would continue to look like the steppe, the resultant scientific stock-farming would also refigure an underlying ecology of transhumance into one of sedentary extraction for the Japanese empire.

Presented by Dr. Sakura Christmas, Assistant Professor, Bowdoin College.

Location: Room 014, Miller Library.

Details

Date:
April 30
Time:
4:30 PM
Cost:
Free

Organizer

Teresa Van Deventer
Phone:
859-5320
Email:
tvdevent@colby.edu

Venue

Miller Library, Colby College
Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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