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Aaron S. Moore
Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ 85281-3670)

Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan
Research Programs

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$46,200 (approved)
$46,200 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 7/31/2018

Engineering Asian Development: The Cold War and Japan's Post-Colonial Power in Asia

Research and writing leading to publication of a book on Japan's rise as a donor of development aid on the Asian continent, covering the time from its pre-World War II empire to 1989.

My project examines the history of Japan's overseas development system in Asia from its origins in Japan's colonial rule over much of Asia before 1945 to its rise into the world's leading aid donor by the Cold War's end in 1989. By analyzing how Japan’s international development system evolved at major project sites in East and Southeast Asia, I examine how Japan projected economic and political power as a US Cold War ally through overseas development based on its earlier colonial legacies and networks in Asia. Challenging a Western-focused narrative of the Cold War, I examine the concrete flows of capital, ideas, people, and technology at specific Japanese infrastructure projects throughout Asia, thereby highlighting how regional dynamics and exchanges within Asia over the trans-war era dynamically shaped the Cold War.