Finding Japan: Early Canadian Encounters with Asia by Anne Shannon

Finding Japan: Early Canadian Encounters with Asia

byAnne Shannon

Kobo ebook | November 1, 2012

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In contrast to the widely known experiences of Asian immigrants who came to Canada, this book looks at movement in the opposite direction. Using text and images, it is a collection of stories about how Canadians “found Japan,” the first place they reached when travelling westward across the Pacific.

These connections began as early as 1848, when the adventurous son of a Hudson’s Bay Company trader tempted fate by smuggling himself, disguised as a shipwrecked sailor, into the closed and exotic land of the shoguns. He was followed by an intriguing cast of characters—missionaries, educators, businessmen, social activists, political figures, diplomats, soldiers and occasional misfits—who experienced a rapidly changing Japan as it underwent its remarkable transformation from a largely feudal society to a modern state.

Now, when the world is becoming more Asia-centric, Finding Japan provides glimpses into an earlier era that challenged conventional perceptions about Canadian connections across the Pacific.

Title:Finding Japan: Early Canadian Encounters with AsiaFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 1, 2012Publisher:HERITAGE HOUSELanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1927051568

ISBN - 13:9781927051566

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Canada-Japan stories This book was a huge - and pleasant - surprise. I never realized that the connections between my country and my wife's were so rich, varied, and deep. Finding Japan looks at this long history. It starts even before U.S. gunboats opened a closed Japan to the world -- with the story of the Canadian son of an HBC trader who marooned himself in Japan, and ended up teaching English to the man who would translate for the Americans. The ties are commercial as well - and includes the story of Canada's growing trade in wheat and especially buckwheat in the early 20th century as well. The biggest surprise, though, was the connections between Nitobe Inazō (The author of Bushido: The Soul of Japan) and Canada. I had no idea he died in Victoria. Well worth a read -- and you'll find out why you eat mandarin oranges at Christmas time in Canada! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-12