Cultural Diplomacy in U.S.-Japanese Relations, 1919-1941 by J. Davidann

By J. Davidann

The seeds of the Pacific battle are available scattered during the interwar interval. This research of unofficial international relations from 1919-1941 illuminates motives deeply rooted and sometimes ignored in explaining the trail to struggle: cultural perceptions on each side, the pivotal function of public opinion, and the deterioration of Japanese-American family on either the person and the cultural degrees.

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As a result we can safely assume that newspapers in Japan were very influential in shaping public opinion. 3 Japanese views of the United States and the West, though neither completely unified nor static before World War II, were influenced greatly by its experience of foreign relations in the Meiji period (1868–1912). Japan arrived at modernization in part by avoiding the fate of other East Asian nations. China had come under the hegemony of Great Britain at the end of the Opium Wars in 1842. Then Westerners came seeking trade privileges and resources, exploiting China’s weakness by imposing new unequal treaties at every opportunity.

They were quite likely to underestimate the power and influence of the militarists in Japan. Japanese Feudal Militarism Journalists and others who had less direct experience in Japan were less likely to perceive Japan becoming modern. What emerges from their writings is an extended critique of Japanese modernization. The problem is that the critique was not based upon deep knowledge of Japan in most cases but upon commonly held assumptions about the nature of Japanese culture. Writing on the basis of one or two short visits to the Japanese islands, those who took the negative view made the opposite mistake of the missionaries.

He admitted to being envious of the American approach to World War I. He saw the United States as decisive in entering the war and unselfish in not demanding reparations from the war. Americans are a remarkably resolute people. They do not appear to mind risking their lives. In the Great War, they spent an enormous amount of money and lost many lives, but they seem to regard war as being rather adventurous and exciting. Men and women routinely carry guns and use them against each other, often fatally.

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