anonymous
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What role did "John Manjiro" play in Japan's growing knowledge of Western societies, particularly the United States?
MIT 21F.027J | CMS.874 | 21H.917J Visualizing Cultures, Spring 2008
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anonymous
  • anonymous
Manjiro was actually a Japanese citizen who was shipwrecked and rescued by Americans. He then lived in the US in Connecticutt
anonymous
  • anonymous
He was exposed to American culture, and he eventually made it back to Japan, where was questioned extensively about his Western experiences
anonymous
  • anonymous
He helped to shed light on the actual behaviors and character of Americans, helping to dispel the myths of the "Southern Barbarians" as many westerners were commonly referred to

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anonymous
  • anonymous
so in 1851, he explained how Americans were "upright and generous" and had formidable advanced technology like steamboats and telegraphs
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  • anonymous
here he is!
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thanks

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