Blogging from San Francisco

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.

Powell & Geary Streets, San Francisco -- photo by Adam Cathcart
Powell & Geary Streets, San Francisco -- photo by Adam Cathcart
PRC Visa Office in San Francisco, in the heart of Japantown -- photo by Adam Cathcart
PRC Visa Office in San Francisco, in the heart of Japantown -- photo by Adam Cathcart

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