Wednesday, January 12, 2011

From Black Ships to a Black President

On Thursday January 27, the Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati (JASGC) will
present a lecture by Dr. William R. Farrell, "From Black Ships to a Black President
(Images and Reality in US-Japan Relations).

Thursday January 27, 2011
5:30 pm
The Taft Center, 425 Waltnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Open to all
Admission: $10.00 ($5.00 for students)

Register at

From the arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry and the Black Ships in 1853 to the
historic election of America's first African-American president, Japan and the US
have looked at each other through stereotypical lenses. If cultural misconceptions
were commodities, each nation would have run a surplus.

Using woodblock prints, postcards (the internet of the 1890s) and political
cartoons, Dr. Farrell takes us on a lively tour through history, viewing events such
as Perry's arrival, the Road to Peral Harbor, World War II, the Occupation, trade
wars and the current international situation. Cultural observations that influenced
domestic and international policy in the past remain with us today, so now is a good
time to journey back and place today's actions in perspective.

Steve Rindsberg

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