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Jon Davidann

Professor of History
Hawai'i Pacific University

Dr. Jon Davidann is professor of history at Hawai’i Pacific University. He has published six books on various topics, received numerous grants and fellowships to undertake his research projects, and given invited lectures internationally. History Lens, a video podcast that takes on current concerns and puts them in historical perspective, is Dr. Davidann’s brainchild. He has a devoted following on LinkedIn where his History Lens video podcasts typically receive several thousand views.

Subjects: Asian Studies, History

Biography

Dr. Jon Davidann is a professor of history at Hawai’i Pacific University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1995 in the United States and Japanese history.  He has published six books on various topics.  The Limits of Westernization: American and East Asian Intellectuals Create Modernity, 1860-1960 (Routledge, 2018) appeared recently and has already received critical praise from leaders in the field.  Davidann’s highly regarded textbook entitled Cross-Cultural Encounters in Modern World History (Pearson, 2012) will be published as a second edition in 2019 by Routledge.  Another monograph, Cultural Diplomacy in U.S.-Japanese Relations, 1919-1941 (Palgrave, 2007) studies the rise and eventual failure of U.S.-Japanese cultural diplomacy leading to the Pacific War.  Professor Davidann also published an edited book called Hawaii at the Crossroads of the U.S. and Japan before the Pacific War (University of Hawaii Press, 2008).  He has published articles in the Journal of World History and the Journal of American-East Asian Relations and has received numerous grants and fellowships to undertake his research projects.  

Davidann has given many invited lectures internationally. He gave the keynote Address at a Global History Conference in Istanbul in June 2018. He also served as a KAKENHI scholar in Japan in May 2017 and again in December 2018, and as a Fulbright Scholar in October 2017 in Ghent, Belgium. While in Belgium, he gave the keynote address at the conference Paradigms of Change in Modernising Asia and America at Ghent University and another keynote address as the Satsuma Chair at Catholic University in Leuven. Davidann studied at Oxford University as a visiting fellow in 2008. He teaches courses on American cultural diplomacy, global history, the history of oil and sustainability, and the history of economic crisis. Dr. Davidann’s brainchild, History Lens, a video podcast on ThinkTech Hawaii, takes on current concerns such as impeachment, white supremacy, immigration, gun control, and taxes, and puts them in historical perspective. He is co-host of the show along with Jay Fidell. He has a devoted following on LinkedIn where his History Lens video podcasts typically receive several thousand views.


Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    U.S-East Asian Relations, U.S. History, World History, Global History, Japanese History, Chinese History, Asian Studies

Personal Interests

    Jon Davidann lives in Kailua with his wife Beth, son Eli, and their dog, Neilani. His hobbies are bicycling, SUP, and reading.

Books

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Videos

The Limits of Westernization, Part I

Published: Jan 11, 2019

Jay and Jon Davidann talk about the limits of westernization by introducing the roots of East Asian modernity. The hosts for this episode are Jon Davidann and Jay Fidell.

The Limits of Westernization, Part II

Published: Jan 11, 2019

US, China, and Japan Search for Modernity In this episode of History Lens, Jon and Jay take another look at the limits of westernization, focusing on Chinese modernity. The hosts for this episode are Jon Davidann and Jay Fidell.

The Limits of Westernization, Part III

Published: Jan 11, 2019

The Crisis of Modernity: Jay Fidell and Jon Davidann will discuss the change in the lives of Japanese, Chinese and American intellectuals during the 1930's. The hosts for this episode are Jay Fidell and Jon Davidann.

The Limits of Westernization, Part IV

Published: Jan 11, 2019

Postwar Transformation. In the United States, intellectuals interpreted the U.S. victory and occupation of Japan as a sign of American dominance, in the process exaggerating westernization in East Asia. In Japan, intellectuals tried to answer what went wrong. In China, the Communists took power and intellectuals were further marginalized. The co-hosts for this episode are Jay Fidell and Jon Davidann.

The Limits of Westernization, Part V

Published: Jan 11, 2019

East Asian Modernity after WWII. Postwar intellectuals in East Asia struggled to understand why modernity had failed so terribly in WWII especially in Japan. Two arguments emerged, state-initiated external coercion vs inner cooptation. In China, intellectuals were brutalized during the WWII and reeducated afterward by the CCP, forced to recent western liberal leanings. The hosts for this episode are Jay Fidell and Jon Davidann.