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Honored and Dishonored Guests : Westerners in Wartime Japan

Author: W Puck Brecher
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Harvard University Asia Center, 2017.
Series: Harvard East Asian monographs, 399.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Recovers and chronicles Western communities in wartime Japan and uses that body of experiences to reconsider allegations of Japanese racism and racial hatred. The book's accounts of stranded Westerners yield a unique interpretation of race relations and wartime life in Japan"--
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: W Puck Brecher
ISBN: 9780674975149 0674975146
OCLC Number: 953792529
Description: xiv, 370 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part I. Caucasians and race in Imperial Japan: 1. Racism, race consciousness, and Imperial Japan: A normative racism --
Aspects of race consciousness in Imperial Japan --
Sources of cognitive dissonance --
2. Privilege and prejudice: being a westerner in Imperial Japan: Early foreign settlements --
The Yokohama community --
Ornaments in isolation: the Frank and Balk families --
Class insularity at Western resorts --
3. Handling the other within: approaches to preemptive containment (1939-41): Direct and indirect forms of containment --
Japan's "Jewish Problem" and the Kobe community --
A repressed, mobilized Christianity --
Part II. Lives in limbo: containment in the wake of Pearl Harbor: 4. First responses and containment protocols after Pearl Harbor (1941-43): A new taxonomy of foreigners --
Temporary detentions of suspicious enemy nationals --
Enemy diplomatic staff under house arrest --
Racialized others: Jews and Asians --
5. Watched and unseen: non-enemy nationals after Pearl Harbor (1941-43): Fracture and emotional conflict --
Withdrawal and invisibility --
Japanese ambivalence and anti-foreign sentiment --
6. Fleeing for the hills: evacuee communities in Hakone and Karuizawa (1943-45): "Running smoothly" in Gora --
Karuizawa: a "strange miniature Babel" --
Part III. Lives behind walls: Japan's treatment of enemy civilians: 7. From humiliation to hunger: the internment of enemy nationals (1941-45): Camp administration --
The initial wave (1941-42) --
Stringency and privation (1942-45) --
8. Torture and testimony: the incarceration of suspected spies (1944-45): Interrogation --
Trial and imprisonment --
Death and liberation --
9. Race war?: on japanese pragmatism and racial ambivalence: The failure of propaganda --
Continuity and change following the surrender.
Series Title: Harvard East Asian monographs, 399.
Responsibility: W. Puck Brecher.

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W. Puck Brecher overturns standard narratives of wartime Japan's racial attitudes, focusing on the experiences of Western civilians rather than enemy POWs in Japan. His bold thesis is borne out by a  Read more...

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