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Special Guest Lecture: Dr. Bill Farrell, Chairman, National Association of Japan/America Societies

  • 02 Dec 2010
  • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel, Lexington KY

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From Black Ships to a Black President: Images and Reality in US-Japan Relations

Presented by the Chairman of the National Association of Japan/America Societies, 
Dr. Bill Farrell

Dr. Bill Farrell knows about the Japan/America relationship.  As Chairman of the National Association of Japan/America Societies (our parent organization) Dr. Farrell's career has been dedicated to that friendship.  

Dr. Farrell explains that from the arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry and the Black Ships in 1853 to the historical election of America's first African-American president, Japan and the US have looked at each other through stereotypical lenses. This practice has led to serious problems across the spectrum of the relationship: social, political and economic. If misperceptions were commodities, each nation would have run a surplus.

Through the examination of woodblock prints, postcards (the internet of the 1890's), and contemporary political cartoons, the speaker takes the audience on a lively tour through history. Events such as Perry's arrival, the Road to Pearl Harbor, World War II, The Occupation, trade wars, and the current international situation are examined. The key premise being: historical observations that influenced domestic and international policy in the past remain with us today.

With the dawn of a new US administration and examination of US-Japan relationship, now might be a good time to travel retrospectively in order to place today's actions in perspective.


Dr. Farrell has shared this presentation throughout America and Canada, with support from the Astellas USA Foundation.  He will also elaborate on the role of Japan/America Societies in our current environment. 


Crowne Plaza Campbell House
1375 South Broadway
Lexington, KY 40504
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Japan/America Society of Kentucky
464 Chenault Rd.
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 209-9630
programs@jask.org

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