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Humanizing the Enemy

Title: Humanizing the Enemy.
Name(s): Cook, Anna, author
Department of History
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2012
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This thesis studies how the shift in American popular perception of the Japanese changed and shows how Japan's relationship with the United States changed from that of an enemy to ally in the mid-1950s. The cause of this positive change in U.S.-Japan relations can be directly linked to that of the Occupation of Japan, particularly the American servicemen stationed in Japan for occupation duties. When these servicemen returned home, many with Japanese war brides, there was an initial negative perception of the Japanese women. However, this changed drastically in the mid-1950s. After careful review of the change in American public opinion, it can be seen that the relationships formed between the American GIs and the Japanese caused the shift in American popular opinion and made an eventual alliance with Japan possible. This thesis is based off of research on primary resources from two archival institutes along with media publications such as newspapers and magazines. Not only does this thesis incorporate original military documents and journal publications from the archives at the U.S. Army Military History Institute but it also uses letters, diaries, manuscripts and occasional transcribed oral histories from the World War II and the Human Experience Institute. These resources were a bulk of the primary sources for this thesis; however, there is also an incorporation of original media in order to portray the social condition of American opinion of the Japanese. In this thesis each primary resource was considered for its bias and was treated accordingly.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0118 (IID)
Keywords: Occupation, Japan, America, GI, servicemen, World War II, race, hate, anti-Japanese, propaganda, Occupation of Japan
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of History in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2012.
Date of Defense: Decemeber 14, 2012.
Subject(s): Asia -- History
Civilization -- History
Diplomacy -- History
Social history
United States -- History
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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