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Intimate Encounters: Filipina Women and the Remaking of Rural Japan / Edition 1

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Overview

This groundbreaking study explores the recent dramatic changes brought about in Japan by the influx of a non-Japanese population, Filipina brides. Lieba Faier investigates how Filipina women who emigrated to rural Japan to work in hostess bars-where initially they were widely disparaged as prostitutes and foreigners-came to be identified by the local residents as “ideal, traditional Japanese brides.”
Intimate Encounters
, an ethnography of cultural encounters, unravels this paradox by examining the everyday relational dynamics that drive these interactions. Faier remaps Japan, the Philippines, and the United States into what she terms a “zone of encounters,” showing how the meanings of Filipino and Japanese culture and identity are transformed and how these changes are accomplished through ordinary interpersonal exchanges.
Intimate Encounters
provides an insightful new perspective from which to reconsider national subjectivities amid the increasing pressures of globalization, thereby broadening and deepening our understanding of the larger issues of migration and disapora.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal Of Japanese Stds

Insightful ethnography of Filipina migrants in rural Japan.”
AAG Review of Books - Geraldine Pratt
"This is an extraordinary study of the contingency of national culture and an exemplary demonstration of what feminist theorizing of performativity can bring to studies of national identification and belonging."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520252158
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 8/10/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Lieba Faier is Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments


Introduction: Relations of Cultural Production

PART ONE Figures of Desires

1. Sites of Encounter
2. America and Other Stories of Filipina Migration to Japan
3. Japan in the Kiso Valley, the Kiso Valley in Japan

PART TWO Terms of Relations

4. Kindred Subjects
5. The Pressures of Home
6. Runaway Stories

Epilogue

Appendix A

Appendix B

Notes

Bibliography


Index

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