This paper will report on a collaborative research project on Fostering Women’s Leadership through Educational Exchange in the Asia-Pacific Region, with a particular focus on the Japan-US Educational Commission. The Fulbright Program was established by the US government as cultural diplomacy in the wake of the Second World War, when President Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) signed the Fulbright Act on 1 August 1946. The program established educational exchange scholarships between the US and more than 160 nations. In Japan, the Government Aid and Relief in Occupied Areas (GARIOA) Program operated from 1949 to 1952 and the Fulbright Program was established in 1952. The paper tracks the gendered patterns of participation in the Fulbright program and provides some vignettes of female ‘Fulbrighters’ from Japan.
Vera Mackie is Senior Professor of Asian and International Studies at the University of Wollongong and DAAD Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf.