THE WEATHERHEAD EAST ASIAN INSTITUTE AND THE MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK PRESENT A SPECIAL LECTURE
"Edwin O. Reischauer and the American Discovery of Japan"
Tuesday • October 19 • 6:30 PM • Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave, NY, NY
Join George R. Packard, President, US-Japan Foundation and Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Columbia University, for a presentation on his newest publication, Edwin O. Reischauer and the American Discovery of Japan (Columbia University Press, 2010). In this biography, Packard explores Reischauer's critical role in the history of U.S.-Japanese relations, a role that began during World War II in analyzing intelligence on Japan and training American code-breakers in Japanese. After the war, Reischauer helped steer Japan toward democracy, and, as Ambassador to Japan in the early 1960s, helped "reset" U.S.-Japanese relations. Moderated by Kay Shimizu, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Columbia University.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Samurai in New York: The First Japanese Delegation, 1860" Reception to follow with MCNY exhibition open for private viewing.