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Scholars Day: April 11, 2012

Here Come the Americans: Visual Culture Change During the Meiji Era in Japan

This paper looks at cultural changes occurring in Japan during the Meiji Era due to American and British influences through the examination of a number of artworks produced during the time. Three distinct phases occur in Japanese Art during the Meiji Era that clearly correlates with what was happening within the Japanese Culture at the time. The phases consist of a period in which the Japanese embrace all things European, a reactionary period in which they begin to want to return to traditional ways of life, and a period in which they reach for a compromise between the two cultures in order to create a culture that combines the best aspects of both cultures.

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Presenter: Merida Rodriguez (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Anthropology
Location: 102 Edwards
Time: 9:20 am Session I