America's Geisha Ally: Re-Imagining the Japanese Enemy through Race, Gender, and Maturity, 1945-1964


ACLS Fellowship Program



Named Award

ACLS/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Junior Faculty Fellow named award


This examination of US domestic political culture--a book manuscript--shows how Americans were able to transform the World War II stereotypes of a hated racial enemy into images appropriate for a Cold War ally so quickly after the brutal war. It argues that American government officials, writers, and film-makers employed metaphors of gender and maturity to compel Americans to view the Japanese as dependents who needed US guidance. By studying this postwar, informal publicity campagin, this book manuscript helps illuminate how the US government has been able to rally public support for its foreign policies