Public talk: "Recruit the Women:" Life & Career of Lt. Weed in Post-WWII JapFebruary 6, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Mānoa Campus, Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room), 1890 East-West Rd.
Dr. Malia McAndrew, East-West Center Visiting Scholar and Associate Professor of History at John Carroll University, will give a public lecture entitled, "'Recruit the Women:' The Life and Career of Lt. Ethel B. Weed in Post-WWII Japan."
Following WWII,Â the United States occupied Japan from 1945-1952. Americaâ€™s primary goals were to demilitarize and democratize its former enemy. As head of the occupation, General Douglas MacArthur instituted womenâ€™s suffrage because he believed Japanese women to be likely supporters of the American agenda. He then tasked Lt. Ethel Weed, a low-ranking officer with the job of ensuring broad-based female political participation throughout the nation. With only four months of training in Japanese language and culture the 39-year-old American could do little on her own. Aware of her limitations, Weed recruited a cadre of internationally-known Japanese feminists who had been silenced by Japanâ€™s wartime leadership to advise her. These women included the birth control activist KatÃ´ Shidzue, the female education pioneerÂ MotokoÂ Hani and the novelistÂ Miyamoto Yuriko. Weed thus served as a lynchpin who brought together unlikely allies. This talk is based on archival materials not previously available in the U.S. or Japan.Â Â
Sponsored by the Center for Japanese Studies and the East-West Center.
Center for Japanese Studies, Mānoa Campus
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