By Naoko Shibusawa
in the course of global struggle II, Japan used to be vilified through the USA as our hated enemy within the East. even though we exclusive "good Germans" from the Nazis, we condemned all jap indiscriminately as lovers and savages. because the chilly struggle heated up, even if, the U.S. govt made up our minds to make Japan its bulwark opposed to communism in Asia.
yet how used to be the yank public made to just accept an alliance with Japan so quickly after the "Japs" have been demonized as subhuman, bucktoothed apes with Coke-bottle glasses? during this revelatory paintings, Naoko Shibusawa charts the impressive reversal from hated enemy to invaluable best friend that happened within the 20 years after the battle. whereas basic MacArthur's profession Forces pursued our nation's strategic pursuits in Japan, liberal American politicians, newshounds, and filmmakers pursued an both crucial, even though long-unrecognized, aim: the dissemination of a brand new and palatable photograph of the japanese one of the American public.
With wide study, from profession memoirs to army files, from courtroom records to Hollywood movies, and from charity projects to newspaper and journal articles, Shibusawa demonstrates how the evil enemy was once rendered as a feminized, submissive country, as an immature adolescence that wanted America's benevolent hand to lead it towards democracy. apparently, Shibusawa unearths how this obsession with race, gender, and adulthood mirrored America's personal anxieties approximately race family members and fairness among the sexes within the postwar international. America's Geisha Ally is an exploration of the way belligerents reconcile themselves within the wake of battle, but in addition bargains perception into how a brand new superpower adjusts to its position because the world's preeminent strength.
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47 Their pleas became so common during the first weeks of the Occupation that the absence of kids crying out for “chocoletto” or “cigaretto” was a sure sign that the Americans had not yet reached an area. 49 Thus within a half-year of the Occupation, Americans GIs and Japanese children were “busily re-playing the pleasant age-old comedy of the soldier and the little kid,” reported the New York Times. S. 50 Eventually SCAP promoted GI philanthropy toward Japanese children to encourage caring and charity among its servicemen, especially during the holiday season—a strategy that worked extraordinarily well with Master Sergeant Hugh O’Reilly from the Bronx.
65 Hume and Annarino declared that Baby-san was a new postwar type of Japanese woman, not at all like the ones American servicemen expected— namely, the “‘Madame Butterfly’ type” with “an elaborate hairdo . . 67 Her face is oval. Her cheekbones are high. Her nose is pug. Her mouth is pouty. Her lips are a blazing scarlet, playing up what she judges from American movies to be the fashionable standard. Her hair is long and dark and slung into a peek-a-boo hair-do. Compared to American girls, she is short.
S. servicemen felt toward Japan. Relations with Japanese women, however, did not always mean a reduction in hostility. a. Pierre Loti) did of his temporary bride while sta- 40 America’s Geisha Ally tioned in Nagasaki sixty years earlier. At a Kobe train station, Lucy Crockett witnessed two young GIs on their way back to the United States, callously saying their good-byes from their train seats to two tearful Japanese women on the platform. ’ the young man answered with a laugh: ‘Come back? ’”75 GIs weren’t supposed to fall in love with these “gooks” of “such a strange and smelly country,” as Mississippian Elliott Chaze described Japan.
America's Geisha Ally: Reimagining the Japanese Enemy by Naoko Shibusawa