Reading Session of David Fedman's Seeds of Control: Japan's Empire of Forestry in Colonial Korea

 Center for Asian Studies     Jan 15 2021 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Zoom Meeting

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Friday, January 15, 2021, 1:00 pm -2:30 pm (PST)

Reading Session of David Fedman’s Seeds of Control: Japan’s Empire of Forestry in Colonial Korea

David Fedman
Assistant Professor, University of California, Irvine


About the book: In this wide-ranging study, David Fedman explores Japanese imperialism through the lens of forest conservation in colonial Korea—a project of environmental rule that outlived the empire itself. Holding up for scrutiny the notion of conservation, Seeds of Control examines the roots of Japanese ideas about the Korean landscape, as well as the consequences and aftermath of Japanese approaches to Korea’s “greenification.” Drawing from sources in Japanese and Korean, Fedman writes colonized lands into Japanese environmental history, revealing a largely untold story of green imperialism in Asia.

About the author: David Fedman is an assistant professor from the History Department and the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of California, Irvine. His research and teaching interests have focused on the histories of Japan and Korea, environmental history, historical geography, history of empire, and global history.

For this reading session, we will be discussing David Fedman’s recently published book: Seeds of Control: Japan’s Empire of Forestry in Colonial Korea. All participants are encouraged to read all or a portion of the book prior to attending this event. The electronic version of the book can be accessed at:

This event is sponsored by the UCI Center for Asian Studies. If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to Taoyu Yang at