Pedagogy of Democracy: Feminism and the Cold War in the U.S. Occupation of Japan

Pedagogy of Democracy: Feminism and the Cold War in the U.S. Occupation of Japan

Pedagogy of Democracy: Feminism and the Cold War in the U.S. Occupation of Japan

Pedagogy of Democracy: Feminism and the Cold War in the U.S. Occupation of Japan

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Our experience in the Philippines and in the more recent
reformation of Japanese life, where in reshaping the lives of
others we have been guided by the same pattern from which
is taken the design of our own lives, offers unmistakable
proof that while American in origin and American in
concept, these tenets underlying a truly free society are no
less designed to secure, preserve and advance the well-being
of one race than of another…. The lesson from past and
contemporary events is that they are no longer peculiarly
American, but now belong to the entire human race .

—FOURTH OF JULY MESSAGE, GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR,
SUPREME COMMANDER IN OCCUPIED JAPAN

This occupation has had no historical guide. Its approach
is an out-growth of the slowly rising tide of humanism in
the West…. The goodwill, the desire to be helpful to the
Japanese as a people and as a nation is found, by and large ,
at all levels and seems to stem from the genuine altruism and
enlightened concept of the United States interests of General
MacArthur and many members of the Occupation. One
needs only to recall the colonization policies in the East of
the Western world in the last centuries to realize the colossal
differences in points of view .

—DR. FLORENCE POWDERMAKER, VISITING EXPERT

The remarkable progress of Japanese women as they pull
themselves up by their geta straps to pioneer in democratic
procedures provides an inspiring record of world history
Only by comparison with their previous subjugation under
feudalistic tradition little more than one year ago can the
full significance of their achievements be realized .

—LT. ETHEL WEED, WOMEN'S AFFAIRS BRANCH OF THE
CIVIL INFORMATION AND EDUCATION SECTION

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