For the next few days, I’m in San Francisco (旧金山) primarily taking care of some research at Stanford University. Specifically, I am digging into the Iris Chang papers at the Hoover Institution Archives, and revisiting bacteriological warfare expert Sheldon Harris’ papers in the same bunker of information.
I anticipate meeting up with some colleagues and junior scholars, including a “Reservoir Dogs” style posse from the south Puget Sound (南普吉湾) looking into Japanese war crimes.
I have to admit that it is going to be a little strange going through the Iris Chang papers while her bronze bust, donated along with the documents, looks over my shoulder. If only I could share the experience with right-wing manga stylist Kobayashi Yoshinori!
But in the meantime there is much to absorb by way of sensory data in this fabulous city.