Tsuda Umeko and Women's Education in Japan

Hardcover | January 29, 1992

byBarbara Rose

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In this compelling biography, Barbara Rose tells the story of Tsuda Umeko, an American-educated Japanese woman who founded the first institution of higher education for women in Japan. Setting Tsuda's life and achievements in the context of the women's movements and the ideology of female domesticity in turn-of-the-century America and Japan, Rose shows how Tsuda's experiences illustrate the contradictions and ironies behind Japan's changing views of women and the West.

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Tsuda Umeko was one of five young Japanese girls sent to the United States in 1871 by their government to be trained in the lore of domesticity. The new Meiji rulers defined a "true woman" as one who had learned to rear children who would be loyal and obedient to the state, and they looked to the "superior culture" of the West as the p...

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In this compelling biography, Barbara Rose tells the story of Tsuda Umeko, an American-educated Japanese woman who founded the first institution of higher education for women in Japan. Setting Tsuda's life and achievements in the context of the women's movements and the ideology of female domesticity in turn-of-the-century America and ...

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Tsuda Umeko was one of five young Japanese girls sent to the United States in 1871 by their government to be trained in the lore of domesticity. The new Meiji rulers defined a 'true woman' as one who had learned to rear children who would be loyal and obedient to the state, and they looked to the 'superior culture' of the West as the p...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:January 29, 1992Publisher:Yale University Press

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ISBN - 10:0300051778

ISBN - 13:9780300051773

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Tsuda Umeko was one of five young Japanese girls sent to the United States in 1871 by their government to be trained in the lore of domesticity. The new Meiji rulers defined a "true woman" as one who had learned to rear children who would be loyal and obedient to the state, and they looked to the "superior culture" of the West as the place to obtain such training. Eleven years later, Tsuda returned to Japan and presented herself as an authority on female education and women's roles. After some frustration and another trip to America to attend Bryn Mawr College, she established one of the first schools in Japan to offer middle-class women a higher education. This readable biography sets her life and achievements in the context of the women's movements and the ideology of female domesticity in America and Japan at the turn of the century. Barbara Rose presents Tsuda Umeko's experiences as illustrative of the profound contradictions and ironies behind Japan's changing views of women and the West. Tsuda was sent abroad to absorb what could be of benefit to Japanese wo