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Rediscovering AmericaJapanese Perspectives on the American Century$
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Peter Duus

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520268432

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520268432.001.0001

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Students and Immigrants

Students and Immigrants

(p.45) Chapter 2 Students and Immigrants
Rediscovering America

Peter Duus

Kenji Hasegawa

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the Japanese's travel abroad to acquire “new knowledge” from the outside world to strengthen the country. In 1866, two young samurai arrived at Rutgers College, determined to learn “how to build ships and how to make cannons” to defend the country against the Russians, and during the next two decades the Meiji government provided scholarships to promising young men—and a handful of young women—to study in foreign universities, then return to work for the new nation. The chapter notes that others, with grand ambitions but only scanty funds, went abroad in the hope of “rising in the world.”

Keywords:   travel abroad, samurai, Rutgers College, ships, cannons, Russians, Meiji government, scholarships

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