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U.S.-Japan Relations: The View from Both Sides of the Pacific

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PART 1: Episodes in the History of U.S.- Japan Relations: Case Studies of Conflict, Conflict Management, and Resolution
By Gary Mukai et al.
Stanford, CA
Japan Project, Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE),

Reviewed by Chuck Yates

For the past decade, at least, and probably for the past two, there has been a steadily increasing demand for useful materials on East Asia for use in K-12 classrooms. There are numerous reasons for this demand. In some parts of the country there has been a dramatic increase in the number of East Asians, particularly Japanese, resulting from the establishment of American operations by Japanese companies, or of Japanese-American joint ventures. In some areas, school systems have mandated the study of East Asia at various points in the curriculum, and in many cases, there simply has been an increase in curiosity among teachers, students, and others, as Japanese and other East Asian peoples have become more visible in American life and have come to play a more prominent role in America’s changing fortunes.