The Legacy of Ezra Vogel's Work: 60 Years after "Japan's New Middle Class"

The Legacy of Ezra Vogel's Work: 60 Years after "Japan's New Middle Class"

November 9, 2021

November 9, 2021 | 5-7 p.m. |  Online - Zoom Webinar Ezra Vogel

Speaker: Amy Borovoy, Professor, Princeton University

Discussants: Merry White, Professor, Boston University; Allison Alexy, Associate Professor, University of Michigan

Co-sponsor: Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

CJS welcomes Professor Amy Borovoy (Princeton University), Professor Merry White (Boston University), and Professor Allison Alexy (University of Michigan) to commemorate the contribution of Professor Ezra Vogel's (Harvard University) work to the field of Japanese Studies. So many of us at UC Berkeley benefited from Professor Vogel’s scholarship over the years, and we were truly sad when we learned of his passing in December 2020. Focusing on the importance of Professor Ezra Vogel's early book Japan's New Middle Class in the history of US scholarship on Japanese society, Professor Borovoy will present the results of her current research titled "Japan’s New Middle Class in Postwar Social Thought…and Its Continuing Relevance," followed by comments from two prominent scholars, Professor White and Professor Alexy, to highlight aspects of Professor Vogel's scholarship.