Rediscovering America: Japanese Perspectives on the American Century

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In this extraordinary collection of writings, covering the period from 1878 to 1989, a wide range of Japanese visitors to the United States offer their vivid, and sometimes surprising perspectives on Americans and American society. Peter Duus and Kenji Hasegawa have selected essays and articles by Japanese from many walks of life: writers and academics, bureaucrats and priests, politicians and journalists, businessmen, philanthropists, artists. Their views often reflect power relations between America and Japan, particularly during the wartime and postwar periods, but all of them dealt with common themes―America’s origins, its ethnic diversity, its social conformity, its peculiar gender relations, its vast wealth, and its cultural arrogance―making clear that while Japanese observers often regarded the U.S. as a mentor, they rarely saw it as a role model.

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Rediscovering America makes available in English for the first time a varied sampling of writings about the United States by Japanese observers from many different walks of life.” – Robert Tierney, author of Tropics of Savagery: The Culture of Japanese Empire in Comparative Frame

Rediscovering America is a splendid collection of Japanese writings on "the American century," covering the period from 1868 to 1989 (from the Meiji to the Showa eras in Japanese calendar). Many of the issues raised by the authors are still heard today,” – Akira Iriye, author of Across the Pacific: An Inner History of American-East Asian Relations

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Peter Duus is Professor Emeritus of History at Stanford University. He is the author of The Japanese Discovery of America: A Brief History with Documents; The Japanese Wartime Empire; Modern Japan; and The Abacus and the Sword: The Japanese Penetration of Korea, 1895–1910 (UC Press). Kenji Hasegawa is Assistant Professor of History at Yokohama National University.

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