My collaborative research project on historical memory in the Mekong, which is funded by a Kakenhi grant, was recently highlighted in the online e-magazine Modern Diplomacy. The author, Rattana Lao, wrote:
Is it possible that a common understanding can be reached and harmony can be fostered through a new kind of text book, new knowledge and new understanding to promote something as elusive as a regional identity?
Dr. Brehm is a little sceptical: “So long as education is organized by nation-states, history and historical memory will always promote nationalism and national identity. Everything else will be secondary or retro-fitted for the main purpose.”