Steel Butterflies

Steel Butterflies

by Nancy Brown Diggs
     
 
Steel Butterflies: Japanese Women and the American Experience examines the role of women in Japan as compared to the United States, approaching the subject from a new and thought-provoking angle. Not only does the reader learn how Japanese women view their own country from the vantage point of living in the United States, but their candid remarks also give

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Steel Butterflies: Japanese Women and the American Experience examines the role of women in Japan as compared to the United States, approaching the subject from a new and thought-provoking angle. Not only does the reader learn how Japanese women view their own country from the vantage point of living in the United States, but their candid remarks also give Americans the opportunity to see themselves as others see them.

Some of the topics discussed include education; ethics; the freedom-as well as the problems-of living in the United States; why Japanese women both envy and feel sorry for American women; and the past and future status of women in Japan. Steel Butterflies examines family life, women's responsibility in the home, community involvement both here and in Japan, aspects of Japanese culture they tried to keep alive in America, and their children's experiences. Grounded in thorough research, the book offers new insights into Japanese ways of thinking from those who have experienced both cultures.

"In many ways Japanese women possess a strength that belies their demure appearance. What I learned from Japanese women living in America validates this strength of the Japanese woman, which more than matches that of her American counterpart....I was surprised at how much we have in common." - from the Introduction

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This is a readable, informative book ... an interesting, well-researched, thoughtful work.— H-Net Reviews (H-US-Japan)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438401171
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/30/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
565 KB

Meet the Author

Nancy Brown Diggs designed and teaches a course for adults called "Why Aren't the Japanese More Like Us?" at the Institute for Learning in Retirement at the University of Dayton and other centers, and frequently lectures to civic organizations about Japan. She is the author of Meet the Japanese and is coauthor (with Evangeline Lindsley) of My Century: An Outspoken Memoir.

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