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East Asian Studies Center Colloquium: Sally Hastings

Despite scholarly interest in the contributions of Christian missionaries and international women’s organizations to the development of the women’s movement in Japan, there has been relatively little attention to the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) in Japan.  The Tokyo Association, founded in 1905 and the oldest of the six city associations that had developed by the 1930s, established programs for housewives and working women that resonated with the aspirations of middle class young women to work before marriage as a form of self-cultivation.  The ideals of the World YWCA, to develop women leaders who would encourage the development of mind, body, and spirit in all young women, were embodied in Japan by successive waves of “foreign secretaries,” mainly from the United States.  At the same time, the permanent buildings erected in proclaimed that the YWCA was an institution rooted in Japan.  This talk will explore how international expertise and international funding intersected with the interests and ideals of the missionary community, the Japanese church, Japanese women leaders, and the Japanese state.

Sally A. Hastings is Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies at Purdue University.  She is the author of Neighborhood and Nation in Tokyo (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1995) and of many articles and book chapters on Japanese women and their intersection with the state.


Friday March 30, 2018 12:00 PM
Friday March 30, 2018 01:30 PM
Global and International Studies Building 2067
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