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David B. Gordon, Ph.D. presents “Duty First: Pearl S. Buck’s Views on Japan”

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 at Noon
Byrd Center for Legislative Studies Auditorium

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Dr. David B. Gordon is a professor of Asian History at Shepherd University specializing in early 20th-century Japanese thought.  In 2010 he published the book Sun Yatsen: Seeking a Newer China with Pearson Prentice Hall.  He subsequently wrote an essay about Pearl Buck’s views of Sun Yatsen, a Chinese revolutionary, that will appear shortly in an edited collection titled Beyond The Good Earth: Transnational Perspectives on Pearl S. Buck (West Virginia University Press)In August, he gave a lecture pertaining to Pearl Buck’s assessments of Japan at an academic conference in Seoul, South Korea.  Dr. Gordon received a bachelor’s degree in Asian cultures from Indiana Uni­versity (1989) and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Hawaii (1997).  He has been a member of the Department of History at Shepherd since 2000.