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An American Girl Explores The Mysterious Japanese Woman Through Moralogy

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Title: An American Girl Explores The Mysterious Japanese Woman Through Moralogy
Authors: Sakai, Sharon
Advisor: Hirai, Bernice
Issue Date: 15 Jan 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: There is a new consciousness about the role of women in societies throughout the world. Today's woman is more career-oriented and gaining new freedom and legal protection. In contrast to this trend, the mythical Japanese woman who is supposed to be the perfect mother and wife was in my opinion an almost impossible phenomenon. In fact, much of what I had heard or read in Japanese society studies struck me as unbelievable. How could a society produce women who were so soft, yet enduring and dependable? I went to Japan to put to test all that I was taught about the Japanese society and language. If Japan really did produce such ideal women, I wanted to adopt the spirit of the Japanese woman. To my disbelief, the Japanese women were almost as accommodating and soft as they are touted to be. Unfortunately for them, however, their men are not as gentlemanly or accommodating as one would expect them to be for being treated so well. This compounded the mystery for me. How could these millions of women cope with such a society that expects so much of them, yet seemed to reward them with so little? The social ills of Japan such as student radicals, "education mammas," high suicide rates, even among children came to my mind; an oppressive society would create such problems.
Pages/Duration: 81 pages
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