Past Event

The Life We Longed For: Danchi Housing and Middle-Class Dreams in Postwar Japan

February 22, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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School of International and Public Affairs, 420 West 118th Street, Room 918, New York, NY 10027

Speaker: Laura Neitzel, Senior Fellow in Global Thought; Senior Lecturer in History, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University

Moderator: Carol Gluck, George Sansom Professor Emerita of History and Professor Emerita of East Asian Languages and Cultures; Special Research Scholar in the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University

This will be a discussion of Neitzel’s book on mass social housing built to accommodate middle class families starting in the 1950s. The danchi lifestyle helped to redefine the parameters of middle-class expectations in ways that continue to resonate today amidst anxieties of social change and middle-class decline. In this talk, Neitzel will discuss the ongoing significance of the danchi to the ways many in Japan interpret the past and diagnose the present.  The Life We Longed For is a Study of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, which has become an important referent and resource for the study of postwar Japan.

This event is sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and cosponsored by the Committee on Global Thought.

Registration: To register to attend this event in-person, please register HERE. CUID holders only.

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