Students and Immigrants

Peter Duus and Kenji Hasegawa

in Rediscovering America

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268432
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950375 | DOI:
Students and Immigrants

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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

Chapter.  17657 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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