Against Japanism

This podcast seeks to challenge the commonly held assumptions about Japan as harmonious, homogeneous, and traditional by recasting its history as a history of conflict and change, as the history of class struggles, from anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, anti-colonial, and intersectional perspectives.

https://againstjapanism.buzzsprout.com

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 1h32m. Bisher sind 26 Folge(n) erschienen. Alle 3 Wochen erscheint eine Folge dieses Podcasts.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 1 day 14 hours 1 minute

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