Dai-Oji : The Oji Paper Company and Japan's Pulp Pipelines in Asia (CIDRAL Visiting Fellow Keynote Talk)
|Dates:||25 May 2023|
|Times:||16:00 - 18:00|
|What is it:||Lecture|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
This talk explores the tangled histories of green imperialism and green capitalism in Asia through the lens of a Japanese corporation: the Oji Paper Company, historically one of the largest corporate consumers of Asia's forests. For well over a century, Oji has stood at the forefront of Japan's control of woodlands across the Pacific Rim, whether as part of the colonial empire before 1945 or in the tropical forests of Southeast Asia thereafter. In the process, the conglomerate has supplied Japan, a country long celebrated for its vibrant print culture, with the bulk of its pulp products, from newsprint to magazines, cardboard to diapers. This project traces these and other pulp products back to their sources, revealing the deep historical roots beneath contemporary issues of environmental justice, indigenous rights, and plantation forestry in Asia.
This is David Fedman's keynote talk as CIDRAL Visiting Fellow (2022-2023) and forms parts of CIDRAL's series of events on the theme of Forests.
David is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine.
Organisation: UC Irvine
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