By Rumi Yasutake
Following landmark alternate agreements among Japan and the U.S. within the 1850s, Tokyo all started uploading a different American commodity: Western social activism. As Japan sought to safe its destiny as a advertisement strength and American girls pursued avenues of political expression, Protestant church-women and, later, participants of the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) traveled to the Asian coast to advertise Christian teachings and women's social activism.
Rumi Yasutake finds in Transnational Women's Activism that the ensuing American, jap, and primary iteration Japanese-American women's pursuits got here to impact greater than alcohol or maybe faith. whereas the WCTU hired the language of evangelism and Victorian family members values, its contributors have been tactfully expedient in accommodating their conventional reasons to suffrage and different feminist targets, as well as a number of the political currents flowing via Japan and the U.S. on the flip of the 19th century.
Exploring such concerns as gender struggles within the American Protestant church and bourgeois jap women's attitudes in the direction of the "pleasure category" of geishas and prostitutes, Yasutake illuminates the motivations and stories of yankee missionaries, U.S. WCTU employees, and their eastern protégés. the various machinations of WCTU activism supply a compelling lesson within the complexities of cultural imperialism.
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Transnational Women's Activism: The United States, Japan, and Japanese Immigrant Communities in California, 1859-1920 by Rumi Yasutake