Event Title

Flying Tigers: Transnational Memories of a World War II Collaboration

Presenter Information

Shang Yasuda, Oberlin CollegeFollow

Location

King Building 239

Start Date

4-27-2018 5:30 PM

End Date

4-27-2018 6:50 PM

Abstract

In 1941, under the leadership of General Claire Chennault, the Flying Tigers – a volunteer group of fighter pilots and crewmen from the United States – traveled to Southwestern China to support the Chinese Nationalist military in their resistance against the Japanese. How do these countries remember the Flying Tigers, and how is the memory shaped by domestic and international politics? Drawing from media coverage, museums, popular media, and memoirs, I will trace the evolution of the memories of the Flying Tigers in the U.S. and China from 1941 to the present.

Keywords:

historical memory, transnational memory, World War II, Flying Tigers, U.S., China

Notes

Session VII, Panel 20 - Postwar | Asia
Moderator: Renee Romano, Professor and Chair of History, Professor of Comparative American Studies and Africana Studies

Major

History; East Asian Studies

Award

Oberlin College Research Fellowship

Advisor(s)

Shelley Lee, History
Hsiu-Chuang Deppman, East Asian Studies

Project Mentor(s)

Renee Romano, History

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Apr 27th, 5:30 PM Apr 27th, 6:50 PM

Flying Tigers: Transnational Memories of a World War II Collaboration

King Building 239

In 1941, under the leadership of General Claire Chennault, the Flying Tigers – a volunteer group of fighter pilots and crewmen from the United States – traveled to Southwestern China to support the Chinese Nationalist military in their resistance against the Japanese. How do these countries remember the Flying Tigers, and how is the memory shaped by domestic and international politics? Drawing from media coverage, museums, popular media, and memoirs, I will trace the evolution of the memories of the Flying Tigers in the U.S. and China from 1941 to the present.