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"A 'Naughty Yankee Boy': Edward H. House and the Nuances of Nineteenth-Century Orientalism" a lecture by Professor James L. Huffman


Abstract: Edward H. House was America's first regular correspondent in Japan. House's accomplishments were breathtaking in variety: shaping the reputations of John Brown and Mark Twain, influencing American attitudes toward Asia, persuading Congress to return a massive indemnity to Japan, editing Tokyo's earliest English-language newspaper (Tokio Times), constructing a powerful case against imperialism, and introducing Western orchestral music to Japan. House's experiences also illustrated many of the era's key themes: Japan's use of public relations as a diplomatic tool, the contentious relations of the expatriate community, the role foreign advisors played in Japan's drive toward modernity, and the complicated nature of U.S.-Japan relations.

Speaker Bio: Professor James Huffman received an MA in East Asian Studies from the University of Michigan in 1967 and a PhD in History (with a focus on Japan in 1972. Dr. Huffman is the H. Orth Hirt Professor of History at Wittenberg University and has had a lasting interest in the long-term effects of imperialism, nationalism, and the struggle toward modernization in Japan.

For information about the event or to attend a graduate lunch with Professor Huffman on 10/2, please contact Bessie McAdams (emcadams@umich.edu).

Start Time: 10/2/2013  2:00 PM
Location: 3222 Angell Hall
Website: http://www.umich.edu/~reorient/index.htm
Contact: emcadams@umich.edu
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