Alexis Dudden is a professor of History at the University of Connecticut. She specializes in the history of modern Japan. Dudden discusses her book, Japan's Colonization of Korea: Discourse and Power. In it, she argues that Imperial Japan actively adopted the terminology and concepts which undergirded Western discourse on international law and colonialism as a means for Japan to unbind itself from Chinese conceptualizations of international law, which typically framed international relationships between East Asian polities. Dudden contends that this departure from Chinese to Western legal vocabulary aided Japan in its ambitions to define new international relationships in East Asia, and colonize Korea.