Tsuda Umeko and Women's Education in Japan

Tsuda Umeko and Women's Education in Japan

by Barbara Rose
     
 

In this compelling biography, Barbara Rose tells the story of Tsuda Umeko, an American-educated Japanese woman who founded the first institution of higher education for women in Japan. Setting Tsuda's life and achievements in the context of the women's movements and the ideology of female domesticity in turn-of-the-century America and Japan, Rose shows how Tsuda's… See more details below

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In this compelling biography, Barbara Rose tells the story of Tsuda Umeko, an American-educated Japanese woman who founded the first institution of higher education for women in Japan. Setting Tsuda's life and achievements in the context of the women's movements and the ideology of female domesticity in turn-of-the-century America and Japan, Rose shows how Tsuda's experiences illustrate the contradictions and ironies behind Japan's changing views of women and the West.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In her well-researched study, a former English instructor at a Japanese college details the efforts of a samurai daughter in turn-of-the-century Tokyo to improve the lot of upper-class women. Sent by the Japanese government to the U.S. at age six to absorb Western ideas, Tsuda Umeko lived for 11 years in a privileged American home and went to private schools. She returned to Tokyo with notions reflecting an American reformist vision of feminine roles. Arguing that women should be more than domestic slaves and the bearers of sons, she believed higher education made women more interesting companions for their husbands. The Women's English School she founded in 1900 offered both intellectual stimulation and teacher-training as an economic alternative to unsuitable marriages. This very readable scholarly work opens intriguing vistas on Japanese women's history. ( Feb. )

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300051773
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1992
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

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