From Black Ships to a Black President - Images and Reality in US-Japan Relations

From the arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry and the Black Ships in 1853 to the historical election of America's first African-American president, Japan and the US have looked at each other through stereotypical lenses. This practice has led to serious problems across the spectrum of the relationship: social, political and economic. If misperceptions were commodities, each nation would have run a surplus.

Through the examination of woodblock prints, postcards (the internet of the 1890's), and contemporary political cartoons, the speaker takes the audience on a lively tour through history. Events such as Perry's arrival, the Road to Pearl Harbor, World War II, The Occupation, trade wars, and the current international situation are examined. The key premise being: historical observations that influenced domestic and international policy in the past remain with us today.

With the dawn of a new US administration and examination of US-Japan relationship, now might be a good time to travel retrospectively in order to place today's actions in perspective.
In partnership with the Japan American Society of Minnesota and the National Association of Japan American Societies

About the speaker:

Dr. William R. Farrell's connections with Japan began in 1968 when he was a student at the Department of Defense Foreign Language Institute. During the next 40 years Dr. Farrell resided in or traveled regularly to Japan. Serving as a career military officer, Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Tokyo, Chairman of a consulting company focused on Asia and currently as Chairman of the National Association of Japan American Societies
Dr. Farrell has seen Japan from many perspectives. Dr, Farrell holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Michigan and has spoken and written extensively about Japan in two books and numerous articles and opinion pieces. 

Date: November 12, 2009
Time: 12:00 - 1:00
Location: Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120 B&C

*Free for U of M Students, Staff & Faculty*
Limited space so please RSVP by Monday, November 16 to: igsevent@umn.edu

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