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Japan, Korea, and China: American Perceptions and Policies
Japan, Korea, and China: American Perceptions and Policies
By William Watts, George R. Packard, Ralph N. Clough and Robert
Lexington Books, 1979, 154 pp

This is a reassuring book for those who believe that American ignorance about the outside world is an important part of our foreign policy problem. After surveying popular attitudes toward Japan, Korea and China, this Potomac Associates study concludes that "the level of realism, sophistication and pragmatic good sense . . . tends to belie the notion that Americans are woefully ignorant of the world beyond their borders and naive in assessing national interests." Many Americans see Europe and Asia as areas of roughly equal importance to the U.S. The negative World War II stereotypes about Japan have given way to a markedly positive image. There is also clear evidence that the post-Vietnam aversion to U.S. military commitments is declining. A majority wants U.S. force commitments maintained at present levels or increased.