From early on, Guthrie-Shimizu argues, baseball carried American values to Japan, and by the mid-twentieth century, the sport had become emblematic of Japan's modernization and of America's growing influence in the Pacific world. Guthrie-Shimizu contends that baseball provides unique insight into U.S.-Japanese relations during times of war and peace and, in fact, is central to understanding postwar reconciliation. In telling this often surprising history, Transpacific Field of Dreams shines a light on globalization's unlikely, and at times accidental, participants.
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Sayuri Guthrie-Shimizu (Author)
Sayuri Guthrie-Shimizu is professor of history at Michigan State University and author of Creating People of Plenty: The United States and Japan's Economic Alternatives, 1950-1960.