Research-informed Programs

The courses and seminars we conduct emphasize historical thinking and critical analysis. Our goal is not just to deepen participants’ knowledge or understanding of historical events related to World War II in Asia, but also to foster reflexivity.  The different lessons on World War II history in Asia that we have developed are offered through the conferences and seminars we conduct, as well as through our summer internship programming.

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2022-2023 ALPHA Education Webinar Series: Contested Histories
History goes beyond the written word. Statues, monuments, streets, institutions, are all markers and collectives of historical memory.  Controversies over representations of disputed historical legacies in such public spaces is a global phenomenon.

Within this context, this 90-minute roundtable discussion will focus on "Museums as Collective History". The discussion will center on the history of World War II in Asia. 

The discussants will examine the social, political, and historical dynamics with respect to contested histories legacies; and identify museum practices on how to address them effectively.

ALPHA Education Webinars

2020-2021 ALPHA Education Webinar Series:

Connecting History to Contemporary Issues

Prof. Fujitani discussed war-time racism and imperialism in this webinar titled "Racism and Military Aggression: Lessons from the Cold War and World War II".

2020-2021 ALPHA Education Webinar Series:

Connecting History to Contemporary Issues

Dr. Sachiyo Tsukamoto and Judge Julie Tang (Ret.) lead a conversation about the Politics of Memory and the continuing struggle of the "Comfort System" survivors for justice. They share timely commentary and reflection on the controversial essay by Harvard Mitsubishi Professor Ramseyer and discuss how this can be linked to the Japanese denial movement's counter-narrative that still rejects the reality of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery.

Research Mentorship

Along with a selection of topics about World War II history in Asia, the summer seminar for interns at ALPHA Education incorporates the following lessons

**We also offer our interns a workshop on writing and designing one’s curriculum vitae.


Vetting Sources & Primary Source Analysis Workshops

These lessons and exercises help hone participants’ skills and abilities in vetting sources, as well as in locating and analyzing primary sources 


Review of Literature & Academic Essay Writing Assignments

Through coaching, and editing with feedback sessions, mentors at ALPHA Education provide participants with practical advice on improving their academic writing skills.


Historical Thinking Exercises

These lessons and exercises encourage students to be critical of dominant and conventional historical narratives, particularly those that exclude the experiences of marginalized groups. 

Digital Archives Project

ALPHA Education’s Digital Archive Project (DAP) aims to build a large volume of educational and instructional materials as well as research aids featuring primary sources about World War II in Asia. We work closely with volunteer researchers, translators, transcribers and annotators. The DAP offers our student interns and volunteers a valuable learning experience. DAP volunteers and interns participate in a series of modules on historical thinking and other critical approaches to history. In turn, the work that our volunteers and interns produce for the DAP become resources that help educators and researchers engage the broader public about the history of World War II in Asia.

You can explore DAP materials from our resources collection. Apart from curating a collection of images and archival documents that may be used for teaching, the DAP also publishes “Primary Source Collections,” that focus on a particular theme or historical event. This resource features a thematic essay, 5-6 primary sources, and other instructional guides such as timelines and case summaries.