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Arriving in Australia from Swizerland 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 Showa 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.
My Phd, focussed on the return of so-called 'stragglers' (soldiers who didn't know the war was over) to Japan over the period between 1950-1975, and their representation in the Japanese media as a way to trace the development of popular memory of the war in Japan. A Japanese government scholarship enabled me to spend two years in Tokyo to carry out research. The thesis won the ASAA Presidents' Prize for Best Thesis submitted in an area of Asian studies in 2003.
After several years working in the History department of the University of Newcastle (NSW), I joined Japanese studies at Monash in 2006, where I am now Deputy Head of School (Education) for the School of Languages, Cultures, Literatures and Linguistics.
I continue to research topics relating to the war and to legacies of the war in Japan. In particular, with the help of grants from the Australian Research council, I am completing a manuscript on the political activities of Japanese repatriates both during and after the Occupation. My most recent publication is a book, written with Sandra Wilson (Murdoch), Robert Cribb (ANU) and Dean Aszkielowicz (Murdoch) dealing with the trials of Japanese war criminals and their aftermath (Japanese War Criminals, Columbia University Press, 2017), which received the NSW Premiers' History Prize. I have also written on the French prosecution of Japanese war crimes in Indochina and at the Tokyo trial, and on the Japanese experiences of battlefields in the Pacific.
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
Research area keywords
- Asia Pacific War/s
- war crimes trials
- repatriation and migration
- war memoirs
- Occupation of Japan
- war monuments
- war remains
- Japanese Red Cross
- 4 Finished
30/05/18 → 14/12/18
1/03/05 → 31/12/12
Repatriation and release of Japanese war criminals 1946-1958: Southeast Asia, Japan and the Great Powers
Trefalt, B., Cribb, R. & Wilson, S.
4/01/11 → 30/08/14
Collecting Bones: Japanese Missions for the Repatriation of War Remains and the Unfinished Business of the Asia-Pacific WarTrefalt, B. C., 10 May 2017, In: Australian Humanities Review. 61, p. 145-159 15 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Research › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
Wilson, S. S., Cribb, R. B., Trefalt, B. C. & Aszkielowicz, D., 2017, New York NY USA: Columbia University Press. 417 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Book › Research › peer-review
Trefalt, B. C., 2015, The Pacific War: Aftermaths, remembrance and culture. Twomey, C. & Koh, E. (eds.). Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge, p. 270-281 12 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (Book) › Research › peer-review
Japanese war criminals in Indochina and the French pursuit of justice: Local and international constraintsTrefalt, B., 2014, In: Journal of Contemporary History. 49, 4, p. 727 - 742 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Research › peer-review
Trefalt, B., 2011, Outside Asia: Japanese and Australian Identities and Encounters in Flux. Alomes, S., Eckersall, P., Mouer, R. & Tokita, A. (eds.). Clayton Vic Australia: Japanese Studies Centre Monash University, p. 61 - 72 12 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference Paper › Research › peer-review
Trefalt, Beatrice (Recipient), 2015
Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)
Trefalt, Beatrice (Recipient), 2003
Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)