Pivoting on the imagery : life stories and identity narratives of Japanese women in Hawaiʻi

dc.contributor.author Kitamura, Aya en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-09-09T19:27:40Z
dc.date.available 2009-09-09T19:27:40Z
dc.date.issued 2004 en_US
dc.description Thesis (M.A.)--University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2004. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 133-140). en_US
dc.description iv, 140 leaves, bound 29 cm en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis aims to reconstruct the lives, experiences and identities ofJapanese women sPecifically in the women's own terms. In order to depart from the scholarly dilemma, seen among existing ethnographic studies, to pivot on the stereotypical images intended to undermine, it analyzes the original interview data, exploring the life stories and identity narratives of thirty Japanese women currently living in Hawai'i. Applying the theory of performative identity and the method of self-reflexive ethnography, the analysis inquires: Are the women entrapped within what has been projected as "the Japanese woman"-be it the domestic ideology of "good wife, wise mother" or the Orientalist stereotype of "Madame Butterfly"-or in what alternative ways do they live the imagery? By paying attention to the multiplicity and complexity of their narratives, this thesis highlights the women's agency to negotiate and subvert, if not fully abolish, "the Japanese woman," a shifting and ambivalent pivot. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/11456
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.relation Theses for the degree of Master of Arts (University of Hawaii at Manoa). Asian Studies; no. 3187 en_US
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dc.subject Japanese -- Hawaii en_US
dc.subject Women -- Hawaii en_US
dc.subject Identity (Psychology) en_US
dc.subject Social role en_US
dc.title Pivoting on the imagery : life stories and identity narratives of Japanese women in Hawaiʻi en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
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