Cold-War Coeds: The Untold Story of Japanese Students Sponsored by the U.S. Military
Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 6:00pm

Date: February 13, 2020

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: FMH 333 (1855 SW Broadway) 

A talk by Dr. Alisa Freedman, Professor of Japanese Literature, Cultural Studies, and Gender, University of Oregon 

Between 1949 and 1952, the U.S. Army sent 787 Japanese students to study at American graduate schools for one year as part of efforts to “reorient” the people of Japan.  Among them were around 182 women, several of whom came to Oregon. These ideological fellowships meant for one-way American re-education of Japan paid off in unexpected dividends for women in their personal and professional lives. Equipped with new learning and overcoming gender biases, exchange students became a hidden force in postwar development who forever changed women’s roles in Japan and the United States. Drawing upon personal interviews, archival research, and memoirs, discover this forgotten but inspirational chapter in the history of education and Japan-U.S. relations.