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The Resource America's geisha ally : reimagining the Japanese enemy, Naoko Shibusawa

America's geisha ally : reimagining the Japanese enemy, Naoko Shibusawa

Label
America's geisha ally : reimagining the Japanese enemy
Title
America's geisha ally
Title remainder
reimagining the Japanese enemy
Statement of responsibility
Naoko Shibusawa
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"During World War II, Japan was vilified by America as our hated enemy in the East. Though we distinguished 2good Germans3 from the Nazis, we condemned all Japanese indiscriminately as fanatics and savages. As the Cold War heated up, however, the U.S. government decided to make Japan its bulwark against communism in Asia. But how was the American public made to accept an alliance with Japan so soon after the 2Japs3 had been demonized as subhuman, bucktoothed apes with Coke-bottle glasses? In this revelatory work, Naoko Shibusawa charts the remarkable reversal from hated enemy to valuable ally that occurred in the two decades after the war. While General MacArthur{u2019}s Occupation Forces pursued our nation{u2019}s strategic goals in Japan, liberal American politicians, journalists, and filmmakers pursued an equally essential, though long-unrecognized, goal: the dissemination of a new and palatable image of the Japanese among the American public. With extensive research, from Occupation memoirs to military records, from court documents to Hollywood films, and from charity initiatives to newspaper and magazine articles, Shibusawa demonstrates how the evil enemy was rendered as a feminized, submissive nation, as an immature youth that needed America{u2019}s benevolent hand to guide it toward democracy. Interestingly, Shibusawa reveals how this obsession with race, gender, and maturity reflected America{u2019}s own anxieties about race relations and equity between the sexes in the postwar world. America{u2019}s Geisha Ally is an exploration of how belligerents reconcile themselves in the wake of war, but also offers insight into how a new superpower adjusts to its role as the world{u2019}s preeminent force."--Publisher's website
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Shibusawa, Naoko
Dewey number
303.48/27305209045
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E183.8.J3
LC item number
S52 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • National characteristics, Japanese
  • Public opinion
  • United States
  • Japan
  • Japan
  • Japan
Label
America's geisha ally : reimagining the Japanese enemy, Naoko Shibusawa
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [299]-374) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Women and children first -- "Like a boy of twelve" -- Sunday at Hirohito's -- A transpacific treason trial -- A kamikaze goes to college -- Channeling atomic guilt -- Hollywood's Japan -- Epilogue: rising sun redux
Control code
67922579
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
397 pages
Isbn
9780674023482
Lccn
2006043556
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780674023482
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
America's geisha ally : reimagining the Japanese enemy, Naoko Shibusawa
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [299]-374) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Women and children first -- "Like a boy of twelve" -- Sunday at Hirohito's -- A transpacific treason trial -- A kamikaze goes to college -- Channeling atomic guilt -- Hollywood's Japan -- Epilogue: rising sun redux
Control code
67922579
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
397 pages
Isbn
9780674023482
Lccn
2006043556
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780674023482
Other physical details
illustrations

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