Unformatted text preview: personal thoughts head on by interacting with the Higgins’ and trying to quell years of animosity towards America. The old Japanese stereotype is that all older people are noble and in this situation they would be able to put things behind them and become hospitable. The contemporary take is one that does not forget about what happened to Japanese people and cannot easily brush it aside with the new wave of Americanism, which is sweeping the nation. People like Toshio brought to the forefront here who feel that they are “the only ones uncontaminated by superficial exposure to foreign countries,” and are shocked “at getting a letter from an American.” These types of feelings might be seen as oppressed because of Japan’s desire to a speedy recovery from the war, but it does not mean that they go away and this story shows us that....
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- Fall '07
- World War II, Toshio, Discussion American Hijiki