Date: 7 April 2016
Dr. Barak Kushner (University of Cambridge) and Professor Rana Mitter (Oxford University) ran their second annual Toshiba Foundation-funded international conference at the University of Cambridge on media and how it shapes history in East Asia, with a special emphasis on Korea and Taiwan. Participants from East Asia and Europe gathered over several days to engage in intense discussions concerning the role of media (including social media and cyberspace) in East Asia and whether it has an impact on how audiences conceive of their national agendas and identities. We invited academics, journalists, and those whose profession lies somewhere in between, including think tank experts and media observers, to spend a few days in extended debates on these issues. The goal of the conference was to provide a venue to engage those in media and those consuming and investigating it to examine the many ways in which contemporary news, television, print journalism, and new social media shape the manner in which inhabitants of East Asia (China, Taiwan, North and South Korea, Japan) understand their own history and comprehend the region.