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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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Manjiro was actually a Japanese citizen who was shipwrecked and rescued by Americans. He then lived in the US in Connecticutt
He was exposed to American culture, and he eventually made it back to Japan, where was questioned extensively about his Western experiences
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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so in 1851, he explained how Americans were "upright and generous" and had formidable advanced technology like steamboats and telegraphs
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