April 26, 2007
Dr. Greg Guelcher, associate professor of history and political science at Morningside College, presented his paper “Agents of Uplift: Japan’s Agricultural Colonists and the Spiritual Development of Colonial Manchukuo” during the special 50th anniversary meeting of the Missouri Valley History Conference held in March in Omaha, Neb.
The paper investigates the various roles played by Japan’s farmer-colonists in rural Manchukuo society between 1932 and 1945. Manchukuo, in northeast China, was a puppet state created by Japan prior to the outbreak of World War II.
Guelcher also attended the annual national conference of the Association of Asian Studies held March 22-25 in Boston, Mass. While at the conference, Guelcher, who serves as executive secretary for the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA), chaired the business meeting of the MCAA.
Guelcher has been at Morningside since 1996 and specializes in Asian and Middle Eastern history and culture. He has studied in Tokyo, Yokohama, and Hong Kong and served as a visiting research scholar at the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Oriental Culture and as a guest lecturer at the Toyama City International Center’s International Speech Academy in Japan. He received his master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster, Ohio.