Steel Butterflies: Japanese Women and the American Experience


Explores how Japanese women living in the United States see themselves and how they see American women.
Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (6) from $1.99   
  • New (1) from $24.95   
  • Used (5) from $1.99   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New Book.

Ships from: Deming, WA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by
Sending request ...


Explores how Japanese women living in the United States see themselves and how they see American women.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
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.
Examines the role of women in Japan as compared to the United States, showing not only how Japanese women view their own country from the vantage point of living in the US, but how they view American women. Topics include education; pros and cons of living in the US; why Japanese women both envy and pity American women; the past and future status of women in Japan; women's responsibility in the home; and community involvement both here and in Japan. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791436240
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents



Part I. Strangers in a Strange Land

1. The First Japanese in America

2. Problems of Today's Sojourners

Part II. Women in Japan: The Private Sphere

3. Household Managers

4. Wives

5. Mothers

6. Metamorphoses

7. Looking Back

Part III. Women in Japan: The Public Sphere

8. An Overview

9. The Young Single Woman

10. The Working Mother

11. The Career Woman

12. Modern Times

Part IV. The American Experience

13. Profiles

14. Living Conditions

15. Choices, Restrictions

16. Education

17. American Women

18. Connections

Summing Up

Appendix A

Appendix B




Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)