At the Biennial Conference of the Japanese Studies Association of Australia in July 2015, we were privileged to hear the keynote address of Professor Bu Ping from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Bu, 201.5).1 Professor Bu rdlccted on a series of collaborative history-writing projccti; among scholars from China, Japan and outh Korea (Nitchiikan Sangoku Kyorsii Rekishi Kyozai rinkai, 2005; Tanaka, 20 JO). These projects were prompted by concerns about the N= History T=ook (A&ar/1.Jhi.i. Rt:kifhi Kyokasho) produced by the re isionist Japan Society for History Textbook Reform (Nishio, 2001 ). As is well known, there is a long history of tension in East Asia concerning the writing of history (Saaler, 2005). Indeed, such tensions are a result of the long 'connected histories' of e<,:)Untries in the region (cf. Hokari, 2007). Such a collaboration between scholars from three countries that were so often in conflict must have been a daunting task. Professor Bu reflected on ationsthe challenges faced by the group, which had to 'break through the limit of writing their own national histories' and demonstrate an 'East Asian perspective (Bu 2015).