ISBN-10:
1589880234
ISBN-13:
9781589880238
Pub. Date:
08/01/2005
Publisher:
Dry, Paul Books, Incorporated
As We Saw Them: The First Japanese Embassy to the United States

As We Saw Them: The First Japanese Embassy to the United States

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"Masao Miyoshi's masterful account is, by turns, alarming and hilarious as two cultures meet at the court of President James Buchanan. Their mutual incomprehension is, alas, still relevant as inscrutable East fails to make sense of mysterious West, and vice versa."—Gore Vidal

"Miyoshi has given a marvelous and revealing account of a dramatic case of confrontation of cultures and civilizations. It yields much insight into our own society, as seen from a sharply different perspective, and into the culture of the viewers as well-insights well worth pondering today."—Noam Chomsky

" As We Saw Them  is a pioneering work in the relationship between cultures. With extraordinary tact and brilliance Miyoshi in effect reconstructs the mind of Japan at that time, a pregnant moment of self-examination and emergence. For contemporary readers  As We Saw Them  is an invaluable work of insight and interpretation."—Edward Said

In 1860 the empire of Japan sent 170 officials—samurai and bureaucrats, inspectors and spies, half a dozen teenagers and one Confucian physician—to tour the United States, the first such visit to America and the first trip anywhere abroad in two hundred years. Politics and curiosity, on both sides, mixed to create an amazing journey. Using the travelers' own journals of the trip and American accounts of the group's progress, historian and critic Masao Miyoshi relates the fascinating tale of entrenched assumptions, startling impressions, and bewildering conclusions.

Miyoshi finds in this unique encounter an entertaining adventure story of discovery and a paradigm of the attitudes and judgments that have ever since shaped American and Japanese perceptions of one another. This revealing account of "otherness" is still relevant today as we strive to understand peoples whom we think of as foreign—and therefore strangely other than we.

Masao Miyoshi  was Hajime Mori Professor of Japanese, English, and Comparative Literature at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of  Off Center: Power and Culture Relations between Japan and the United States.

Carol Gluck, George Sansom Professor of History at Columbia University, specializes in modern Japan, from the late nineteenth century to the present.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781589880238
Publisher: Dry, Paul Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/01/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 1,114,999
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 1850L (what's this?)

About the Author

Masao Miyoshi is Hajime Mori Professor of Japanese, English, and Comparitive Literature Emeritus at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Off Center: Power and Culture Relations between Japan and the United States.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsvii
Forewordxi
Acknowledgmentsxiv
Prologue1
ITravelers7
IIViews55
IIIMinds97
IVLives145
Epilogue183
Notes187
Bibliography209
Index227

What People are Saying About This

Edward Said

"As We Saw Them is a pioneering work in the relationship between cultures....an invaluable work of insight and interpretation."

Noam Chomsky

"Miyoshi has given a marvelous and revealing account of a dramatic case of confrontation of cultures and civilizations. It yields much insight into our own society, as seen from a sharply different perspective, and into the culture of the viewers as well-insights well worth pondering today."

Gore Vidal

"Masao Miyoshi's masterful account is, by turns, alarming and hilarious as two cultures meet at the court of President James Buchanan."

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