Occupation: The Legacy of the Asiatic Pacific War

September 16, 2023 - Fredericksburg, TX

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation is excited to welcome you back to this year’s Annual Symposium. The focus this year will be on Japan's occupation of Asia. Entitled “Occupation: The Legacy of the Asiatic Pacific War” we will explore the nuanced ramifications of the Japanese occupation. We hope that you will join us either in person or virtually on Saturday, September 16th to experience the opportunity of sharing information, insights, and questions. The event will be held in the National Museum of the Pacific War's Historic Nimitz Ballroom at 340 E. Main Street, Fredericksburg, Texas.


All who have a general to professional interest in the periods around World War II in the Pacific. We especially recommend this symposium to educators, historians, and members of organizations that study these periods.


The 2023 symposium will be held in person. In-person sessions will be live-streamed for online attendees, who can also participate in live Q&A.

In-Person Registration (includes access to all on-site sessions)

Please note In-Person Registration includes a light breakfast, a catered lunch, and happy hour. In-person registrants have the opportunity to participate in a happy hour meet and greet with the speakers on Friday, September 15th. More information to come.

  • General: $149
  • Member: $119
  • Five Star Member: FREE
  • Active Duty Military: $132
  • Students/Teachers: $119
  • NMPW Museum Volunteers: $55
  • WWII Veteran: FREE

Virtual Registration (includes remote access to all sessions on Saturday, September 16, 2023)

  • General: $40
  • Members: $25
  • Five Star Members: FREE
  • Active Duty: $25
  • Students/Teachers: $25
  • NMPW Museum Volunteers: $25
  • WWII Veteran: FREE

After you purchase your ticket. If you do not receive your registration confirmation email within 24 hours of purchase, please check your junk folder before contacting symposium@nimitzfoundation.org or 830-997-8600 ext. 225


Limited teacher scholarships are available for both in-person and virtual registration. Click here to apply!

Educators can received five CPE credits for attending Symposium through the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Contact Kyna Stys at kstys@nimitzfoundation.org for more information.


The Admiral Nimitz Foundation will honor a 50 percent refund on registration fees until August 16. On August 16, no refunds will be granted. Attendees may contact Susan Kimbrell at 830-997-8600 ext. 223 to request a refund.


We have several hotels with room blocks available. To reserve your room call the hotel and mention the Admiral Nimitz Foundation Symposium. Your Symposium registration does not include hotel accommodations.

Inn on Barons Creek: $239 per night with a 2-night minimum (Friday and Saturday)
Holiday Inn
- $259 plus tax per night


You can download the full list of transportation options. Click to Download


Friday, September 15

5:00pm-6:00pm Meet and Greet with attendees and speakers in the ballroom at the Historic Nimitz Hotel

Saturday, September 16th

8:00-9:00am Attendee check-in at Historic Nimitz Hotel
8:30-9:00am Light breakfast in Historic Nimitz Hotel
9:00am: Welcome by Dr. David Shields, Museum Director
9:15am-10:15am: Session 1 | How the Asian Pacific War Shaped the Twenty-First Century
10:30-11:30am: Session 2 | Japan's Occupation of China: Impact, Memory, and Geopolitics
11:30-12:45pm: Lunch on the patio | Book signing
1:00-2:00pm: Session 3 | Japanese Propaganda and Filipino Counterpropaganda during the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines, 1941-1945
2:10-3:10pm: Imperial Japan's Wartime Policy of Rape and Privilege: The Comfort Women
3:15-3:45pm: Break (book signing, refreshments, networking)
4:00-5:00pm: Roundtable Discussion
5:00-6:00pm: Happy Hour | Get the chance to mingle with your fellow attendees and get your questions answered by the speakers

Speaker Information

How the Asia Pacific War Shaped the Twenty-First Century

Richard B. Frank is an internationally recognized leading authority on the Asia-Pacific War. He published his first book Guadalcanal in 1990. His second work, Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire, appeared in 1999 and has been called one of the six best books in English about World War II. Both Random House books won awards and became main selections of the History Book Club. In 2007, he completed MacArthur as part of the Palgrave Great Generals series. Besides his numerous appearances on television and radio, he was a consultant for the epic HBO miniseries, “The Pacific.” He serves on the Board of Presidential Councilors of the National World War II Museum, including a term as head of that body. The first volume of his trilogy on the Asia Pacific War 1937-1945, Tower of Skulls, published in March 2020, was a finalist for the Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History 2021.

Japan's Occupation of China: Impact, Memory, and Geopolitics

Dr. Xiaobing Li is a professor of the Department of History and Geography and the Don Betz Endowed Chair in International Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). He is the Executive Editor of the Chinese Historical Review and editorial board member of The Journal of Military History and Journal of Chinese Military History. Xiaobing was born in Beijing, China, and served in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in the early 1970s. After his graduation from Nankai University, Tianjin, with a BA degree in 1982, he worked at the Institute of American Studies, China Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in Beijing. He enrolled in the graduate study program at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh, PA, and received his MA in history in 1985 and PhD in history in 1991 from CMU.

Dr. Li taught at Phillips University, OK, from 1991-1993 before he joined the faculty at UCO. He also serves as adjunct professor at Norwich University since 2008 and Oklahoma City University from 1997-2012. He taught Chinese Military History, Non-Western Military History, Modern China and Japan, East Asian Civilizations, and other Asian history classes. He gave lectures at the Summer Seminar in Military History at West Point, the U.S. Military Academy. His research interests include World War II, Cold War, and modern Chinese military history.

Japanese Propaganda and Filipino Counterpropaganda during the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines, 1941-1945

Ricardo Trota Jose is a professor of history at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history at U.P., and his Ph.D. from the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. He specializes in military and diplomatic history, with focus on the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. He has published widely in various journals and books. Among his major publications are The Philippine Army, 1935-1942 (Ateneo de Manila University Press, 1992) and Volume 7 (on the Japanese occupation of the Philippines) of the multi-volume Kasaysayan set (Reader’s Digest, 1998). He co-edited, with Japanese colleagues, The Philippines Under Japan: Occupation Policy and Reaction (1999). His latest work is on the Philippine guerrilla resistance movement in Mindanao and Sulu (Guerrilla Days in the Philippine South, co-authored with Cesar Pobre, 2022)

Imperial Japan's Wartime Policy of Rape and Privilege: The Comfort Women

Mindy L. Kotler is founder and director of Asia Policy Point (APP), a membership nonprofit research center in Washington, DC studying the U.S. policy relationship with Japan and Northeast Asia. Her focus is the connection between history and Asian regional security. She writes on the politics and policy implications of Comfort Women, prisoners of war of Imperial Japan, and historical memory in Asia. She advised Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA) in his drafting and defense of the 2007 Comfort Women resolution, H.Res 121. She was also part of a team that garnered an apology from the Japanese Government in 2009 to the American POWs of Japan. Ms. Kotler received her M.A. in International Relations from Yale University and her B.A. in Government and History with High Honors in Chinese History from Smith College. Ms. Kotler is editor-in-chief of the Asia Policy Calendar, a weekly electronic newsletter previewing the news, resources, and programs concerning U.S. relations with Asia. She works closely with members of Congress on issues of history and foreign policy with Japan.

Recent projects include: providing a descriptive chart and analysis of the Kishida Cabinet members; drafting legislation to award the men and women engaged in the early defensive battles of WWII in the Pacific with a Congressional Gold Medal (rejected by members of congress); and researching the Asian Americans who were POWs of Imperial Japan

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