the Japan America Society of Chicago
Friday, August 25, 2021
8:00 - 9:00 PM EDT (7:00 - 8:00 PM CDT)
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Umeko Tsuda was a pioneering woman educator in Meiji era Japan. This talk will trace her footsteps as one of the first female students sent to the U.S. by the Japanese government in 1871 and focus on her transnational collaboration with U.S. women in founding Tsuda College (now Tsuda University). In doing so, the speaker will demonstrate why Umeko Tsuda’s image was chosen as the face of the new 5000 yen banknote, which will be issued in 2024.
About the Instructor:
Yuko Takahashi was named the eleventh president of Tsuda College (now Tsuda University) in 2016. She holds a B.A. from Tsuda College, an M.A. in International Affairs from the University of Tsukuba, an M.A. in History, and a Ph.D. in Education from the Univesity of Kansas. Her major research areas are American studies, American social history, and gender history. She serves as president of the International Federation for Research in Women’s History. She is also a member of the board of trustees of the American Studies Foundation and a Council Member of the Science Council of Japan. Her numerous publications include Umeko Tsuda: A Social History.
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