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The Perry Centennial of 1953 in Okinawa: U.S. Cultural Policy in Cold War Okinawa

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Authors
Saeki, Chizuru
Issue Date
2012-12
Publisher
Institute of International Affairs, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University
Citation
Journal of International and Area Studies, Vol.19 No.2, pp. 13-27
Keywords
OkinawaCultureMatthew C. PerryCold War
Abstract
This paper examines the significance of the Perry Centennial festival of 1953, the 100-year

anniversary of the United States’ opening Okinawa of 1853. The U.S. government regarded the

Centennial as an excellent opportunity to promote American democracy in Postwar Okinawa,

particularly at the moment when Soviet pressure in Asia increased. In order to prevent Communist

aggression and gain Okinawan people’s understanding on U.S. policy in East Asia, the U.S. used the

Perry Centennial to emphasize the mutual unity and security with Okinawa. The U.S. military

government in Okinawa sought to present the drama of Commodore Matthew C. Perry’s diplomacy

and the success of his historic naval expedition to underscore the world leadership of the United States

in 1953. The article examines such America’s cultural diplomacy toward Okinawa, and describes how

the Perry Centennial of 1953 helped shape the public opinion on U.S. policy in Cold War in Okinawa.
ISSN
1226-8550
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/96541
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Graduate School of International Studies (국제대학원)Dept. of International Studies (국제학과)Journal of International and Area StudiesJournal of International and Area Studies vol.19 (2012)
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