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Transpacific Field of Dreams: How Baseball Linked the United States and Japan in Peace and War (Hardcover)

Sayuri Guthrie-Shimizu

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Hardcover. Baseball has joined America and Japan, even in times of strife, for over 150 years. After the opening of Japan by Commodore Perry, Sayuri Guthrie-Shimizu explains, baseball was introduced .Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 314 pages. 0.630. Bookseller Inventory # 9780807835623

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Title: Transpacific Field of Dreams: How Baseball ...

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Hardcover

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Baseball has joined America and Japan, even in times of strife, for over 150 years. After the "opening" of Japan by Commodore Perry, Sayuri Guthrie-Shimizu explains, baseball was introduced there by American employees of the Japanese government tasked with bringing Western knowledge and technology to the country, and Japanese students in the United States soon became avid players. In the early twentieth century, visiting Japanese warships fielded teams that played against American teams, and a Negro League team arranged tours to Japan. By the 1930s, professional baseball was organized in Japan where it continued to be played during and after World War II; it was even played in Japanese American internment camps in the United States during the war.
From early on, Guthrie-Shimizu argues, baseball carried American values to Japan, and by the mid-twentieth century, the sport had become emblematic of Japan's modernization and of America's growing influence in the Pacific world. Guthrie-Shimizu contends that baseball provides unique insight into U.S.-Japanese relations during times of war and peace and, in fact, is central to understanding postwar reconciliation. In telling this often surprising history, Transpacific Field of Dreams shines a light on globalization's unlikely, and at times accidental, participants.

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"Beautifully written and richly researched in English- and Japanese-language sources, this book reveals that 'America's pastime' was truly a transnational game, one with power to bind two very disparate nations. This book will surely be the definitive study of an important topic with ramifications well beyond the world of sport."--Barbara Keys, University of Melbourne

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