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Doll Diplomacy Part of SF and Japan's Checkered History

New America Now, Audio, Sandip Roy Posted: Apr 29, 2010

Editor's Note: A samurai writes his California diary. A Japanese doll shows up in San Francisco with a leather trunk and a tea set. It's Guys and Dolls, but as part of San Francisco and Japan's joined history. One hundred and fifty years ago, the first Japanese embassy arrived in the United States. It was probably the first time that the Japanese had ever set foot on American soil. San Francisco was the window through which America connected with Japan. It was also the place where Japanese school children found themselves banned from public schools. The checkered history of San Francisco and Japan is part of the new exhibit, "San Francisco's Ambassadors from Japan" at the Asian Art Museum. Melissa Rinne is the Asian Art Museum's associate curator, and Alan Pate is an independent scholar writing a book on the friendship dolls. They tell the story.


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