Monday, January 27, 2020

Hotel Oregon History Pub

The Pacific Northwest, Japan, and the Commercial Mission of 1909

Hotel Oregon - Mattie's Room

5:30 pm doors, 6:30 pm program

Free. First come, first served. Arrive early!

All ages welcome

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About The Pacific Northwest, Japan, and the Commercial Mission of 1909

The Pacific Northwest, Japan, and the Commercial Mission of 1909

Presented by John Sagers, professor of history at Linfield College

With tensions over trade and immigration rising between the United States and Japan in the early twentieth century, Chambers of Commerce in both countries arranged visits of their business leaders to better understand the issues and how what might be done to contribute to international peace and prosperity. The Japanese Commercial Mission of 1909, led by industrialist Shibusawa Eiichi, spent three months in the United States, meeting with business leaders in many American cities beginning with Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, and Spokane. Through an examination of documents related to the Japanese Commercial Mission, we can gain a better understanding of how relations between Japan and the Pacific Northwest developed in the early twentieth century. We can also see how private citizens in both the United States and Japan attempted to address the divisive issues that would eventually lead to the Second World War in the Pacific.

About the Speaker:

John Sagers is professor of history at Linfield College, where he teaches courses on China, Japan and East Asia. His research specializes on the political and economic history of modern Japan. Sagers earned his Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of California at Berkeley, Master of Pacific International Affairs from the University of California at San Diego, and Ph.D. in East Asian history from the University of Washington. He has been a Fulbright Fellow at Rikkyo University in Tokyo and held a Japan Foundation Fellowship. His publications include the books Origins of Japanese Wealth and Power: Reconciling Confucianism and Capitalism, 1830 – 1885 and Confucian Capitalism: Shibusawa Eiichi, Business Ethics, and Economic Development in Meiji Japan.

About Hotel Oregon History Pub

Hotel Oregon History Pub

These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.

This event is eligible for a History Pub Stamp