March 17-19 Imperial Ideology

Readings: Kimitada, “Pan-Asianism in Modern Japan“; Reading Colonial Japan, chapters 7 and 8;  Everyone should reread the fetishism of commodities section of chapter one of Capital (Penguin, pp. 163-77), and then look at the very difficult but very important Zizek, “How did Marx Invent the Symptom?” In reading these texts think long and deeply about what is meant by the term “ideology.” What can it do for us in analyzing empire and even in analyzing accumulation?

Lastly, after taking on-line quiz (collab), start reading Shanghai

Shanghai writing assignment