Japan and the United States
This course explores the international relationship between two of the most influential countries in the 21st century. Careful observers of the relations between these two countries rarely fail to remark on the extent to which each misunderstands and perceives contradictions within the behavior and attitudes of the other. The importance of this international relationship suggests that each can benefit from nurturing some sympathy for the other. The course will introduce students to the history of international relations between these two countries. It will also examine a series of international problems that these nations must confront together as it touches on dynamics of race, class, gender, and culture in their relationship. The course concludes with a discussion of the future prospects of the Japan-US relationship.