How did the Japanese public come to admire U.S. culture, post WWII?
July 1, 2013 10:05 AM Subscribe
Japan and the Japanese public are often portrayed as being admirers of the culture of the United States. But within living memory the two countries were involved in a brutal
war, which culminated in conventional and nuclear bombings targeting Japan's citizenry and devastating their country
. In Japan's case, how did a societal contempt sufficient to wage and sustain total war turn, in such
a short time, into a societal affinity sufficient for some to embrace
many parts of the culture of the nation that had dealt them destruction on such a massive scale?
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I am from the U.S., and have an average-if-unspectacular grasp of (Western) 20th-century history. On the other hand, I have little (if any) familiarity with the culture and people of Japan, and I will require remedial-level help with answers that addresses this in complex ways. I can -- and gladly will -- read long-format or detailed papers/articles/etc. that address my question.
I'm approaching this with significant and acknowledged personal ignorance, and I welcome any insights; even those that would re-frame, challenge, or refute any of my original assumptions.
Not at all interested in idle conjecture or bullshit "just-so" easy stories/answers; looking for nuanced perspectives into what is, no doubt, a complicated issue. Many thanks for your time and for your expertise.