Why does Japan still use ‘orphanages’ rather than family-based foster care and adoption? – with Michael Rivera King

Monday 18 November 2019

In contemporary Japan, approximately 85 per cent of children in alternative care are placed in large institutions. This contrasts with global discourse, encapsulated in the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children, and with practice in most OECD countries, which use family-based foster care more extensively.

Colin Alexander McVean, a Scottish engineer in early Meiji Japan – with Colin Houston

Monday 16 December 2019

In this lecture, Colin Houston will explore the fascinating history of his ancestor Colin Alexander McVean in the context of Anglo-Scottish-Japanese relations in Meiji Japan. He will examine personal and archival documents and photos by Colin Alexander McVean revealing a little-known aspect of Japanese modernisation in the late 19th century.

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