June 12, 2006
Dr. Greg Guelcher, associate professor of history and political science at Morningside College, contributed the chapter “Paradise Lost: Japan’s Agricultural Colonists in Manchukuo” to the book Japanese Diasporas: Unsung Pasts, Conflicting Present, and Uncertain Futures published in May 2006 by Routledge Press.
“Japanese Diasporas” highlights the Japanese emigrant experience in modern Japanese history including the relationships of overseas Japanese and their descendents with their home and host nations. Guelcher’s chapter gives a brief history of Japanese emigration to Manchuria between 1932 and 1945 and focuses on the site of modern Japan’s most ambitious colonization effort in rural Manchukuo.
The editor of the book is Nobuko Adachi of Illinois State University.
Guelcher joined Morningside's faculty in 1996. He specializes in Asian and Middle Eastern history and culture and has studied in Tokyo, Yokohama, and Hong Kong. He has 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.
Guelcher received his master's degree and his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his bachelor's degree from the College of Wooster, Ohio.