Transpacific Field of Dreams: How Baseball Linked the United States and Japan in Peace and War

By Sayuri Guthrie-Shimizu | Go to book overview
Save to active project

5
EMPIRES OF FUN
AND GAMES

In the early and middle 1930s, the governments of the United States and Japan cast about for ways to iron out their growing differences in the realm of diplomacy and military strategy. The Japanese military aggression that erupted in Manchuria in September 1931 severely strained the nation’s relationship with the United States. Yet as historian Inoue Toshikazu has shown, throughout an era bookended by Japan’s withdrawal from the League of Nations in March 1933 and the start of its full-scale military aggression in north China in 1937, Japanese officialdom still defined its geopolitical interests largely within the time-tested formula of keeping peace and cordiality with the Anglo-American informal entente in Asia. Since most of such diplomatic efforts and maneuvers took place outside the formal collective security framework of the League of Nations, and because Japanese government officials periodically blurted out bombastic anti-Western rhetoric that was often miscontextualized or unduly magnified by the international media, the underlying continuity from earlier times could all too easily be obscured from view, missed both by contemporaries and by historians in later decades.1 In this period of uneasy transition, baseball, too, was an element of the continuity in U.S.-Japanese relations. The game beloved by both Americans and Japanese was one of the cultural forces that helped to keep, albeit peripherally, the bilateral relationship from drifting irreversibly apart. Since Waseda University’s pioneer West Coast tour, the tradition of regular U.S.-Japanese baseball exchanges taking place in the U.S. mainland, Hawaii, Japan (including Korea and Taiwan), and the Philippines had already spanned three decades and, as such, entrenched itself as a fixture of U.S.-Japanese cultural trade and social interaction.

This transoceanic institution had a renewed flowering in the middle

-140-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Transpacific Field of Dreams: How Baseball Linked the United States and Japan in Peace and War
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 315

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?