Japan and the United States -- A Hundred Years of Hot and Cold Relations -- Prof. John McKinstry
Monday, November 13, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
San Luis Obispo Library Community Room
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Among the community of developed nations it would be difficult to find more extremes of acceptance and rejection as in the relations between Japan and the United States from 1880 to 1980.
Americans were the first foreigners to be in Japan in large numbers after the opening of the country in the late nineteenth century, and we were their favorite foreigners for decades.
Then Western resentment about Japanese expansion on the Asian mainland developed into policy, leading to discriminatory immigration laws and rivalry in the Pacific.
These issues turned us first into adversaries and finally into enemies. This led to one of the most bitter military conflicts in history.
Following that was the determination of the United States to convert that society into a peaceful ally. From the ashes of defeat Japan morphed into a thriving, prosperous and democratic society, with us as its favorite co-equal trading partner.
This roller coaster ride is easier to understand by examining it in some detail as we will do in this presentation.
John McKinstry was Professor of sociology and Asian studies at Cal Poly, 1968-2014 and visiting professor at Waseda, Fukuoka Universities in Japan, Harbin University in China and Sofia University in Bulgaria. He is the author and co-author of several books and articles about Asia.
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