Perfectly Japanese

Perfectly Japanese

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qWhite debunks the idealized image of the Japanese family held by many Americans as the exemplar of traditional family values--stable, dutiful, homogeneous, harmonious. This is also the 'official image' promoted by state, the media, and other institutions. Instead, White shows that families in Japan are as diverse, complex and contested as ours. She exposes the struggle of individuals and families as they negotiate the gap between the ideal and the realities of the post-industrial world of the twenty-first century.q--Arlene Skolnick, author of Embattled Paradise: The American Family in an Age of Uncertainty qJapanese politicians have pronounced the declining birthrate a national crisis. White gives us an enlightening bolt of reality, showing how Japanese families are really coping with the enormous changes surrounding them. Creative new patterns in dealing with the elderly, shopping, young people living at home, and married couples who continue to have an average of two or more children, are explored in depth.q--Ezra Vogel, Henry Ford II Research Professor at Harvard and author of Is Japan Still Number One?Dower notes that a€œJapan appears to be a country of formal marital stability but de facto a#39;single-parenta#39; families where the ... MaihA–mushugi reached a crescendo of domesticity in home decorating magazines, department store sales ofanbsp;...

Title:Perfectly Japanese
Author:Merry I. White
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 2002


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