Dr Beatrice Trefalt

  • Arriving in Australia from Switzerland in 1990, I first developed my interest in Japan and Japanese in my undergraduate degree at La Trobe University, where I completed a double major in history and Japanese. I was able to indulge my fascination with post-war Japanese history in my Honours year, when I studied the Shōwa Emperor’s Monologue and wrote a thesis on the manipulation of symbols by Japanese elites and Occupation Forces after the defeat. Thanks to a summer scholarship at the Australian War Memorial, I was further able to develop my interest in war and its place in national memories. I continue to work on research connected with early post-war Japan and the legacies of the war in the Asian region, and these interests are reflected in the specialist units I teach: a history of modern Japan, and a reflection on war and memory in the Asian region.