The Ideal of an Americanized Japan: Nitobe Inazō and Korekiyo Takahashi Open Access

Duryee-Browner, Michael Kore (2011)

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The Ideal of an Americanized Japan: Nitobe Inazo and Korekiyo Takahashi
By Michael Duryee-Browner

Nitobe Inazo and Korekiyo Takahashi, who were both born at the dawn of the Meiji Era and died before World War II, represented the American ideal of Japan: westernized. This study is a question of the process of cultural exchange seen through the experiences of these two remarkable men. How did Nitobe Inazo and Korekiyo Takahashi, both consciously and unconsciously, choose to represent Japan to America? Why did they choose to do it the way they did? In what way were they the right men for the job and in what way were they simply perpetuating cultural misunderstanding? In a more general sense, how are foreign cultures interpreted? Who is responsible for the representation of a culture, and who in turn is responsible to analyze that portrayal?

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Introduction, 1-3

Chapter One: The Issei Experience, 4-8

Chapter Two: Early Encounters with the West, 9-20

Chapter Three: Nitobe Inazo and the Institute of Pacific Relations, 21-34

Chapter Four: Korekiyo Takahashi in American Media, 35-44

Conclusion, 45-48

Works Cited, 49-51

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