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Michiko Takeuchi
California State University, Long Beach Foundation (Long Beach, CA 90840-0004)

Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan
Research Programs

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$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2018 – 8/31/2019

Early Coalitions Between Japanese and American Feminists, from World War I to the U.S. Occupation of Japan

Writing and manuscript revision leading to publication of a book on the relationship between the American and Japanese women's movements prior to the U.S. occupation of Japan.

This proposal requests support for my book project, “Trans-Pacific Left Feminism: Japanese and American Old Left Women, from World War I to the US Occupation of Japan.” The award will allow me to write this book about the little-known relationship between Japanese and American feminists in the first half of the twentieth century. My research has revealed that the so-called “liberation of Japanese women” during the US occupation of Japan (1945–52), rather than being invented on the spot, was instead the result of decades of collaborative labor activism by Japanese and American women. By examining how Japanese and American feminists worked together across national and racial boundaries to improve the status of women in Japan, the book project highlights a transnational network of feminists centered on the Young Women’s Christian Association. The book contributes to a growing field of scholarly inquiry in the humanities: the role of women in transnational history and politics.