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pat book coverThe final speaker in the Duke Asian/Pacific Studies Institute (APSI) Fall 2014 Speaker Series is Patricia Maclachlan,  Associate Professor of Government and Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
Date: Wed., November 12
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: Perkins Library Room 217 on the Duke West Campus
Professor Maclachlan’s talk will build on her recent book The People’s Post Office: The History and Politics of the Japanese Postal System, 1871-2010 (Harvard East Asian Monographs, 2012). The talk will explore the postal system’s contributions to the economic, social and cultural modernization of Japan, the sources of its postwar politicization, and the causes and consequences of recent efforts (2005 and 2012) to reform the postal services.  She will cast the analysis from the perspective of conflict between the postal system’s embrace of economic developmentalism and more “traditional” socio-economic values, and the movement toward neoliberal reform.

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