Broken Silence: Voices of Japanese Feminism

Broken Silence: Voices of Japanese Feminism

by Sandra Buckley

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Broken Silence brings together for the first time many of Japan's leading feminists, women who have been bucking the social mores of a patriarchal society for years but who remain virtually unknown outside Japan. While Japan is often thought to be without a significant feminist presence, these interviews and essays reveal a vital community of women fighting for social change.

Sandra Buckley's dialogues with poets, journalists, teachers, activists, and businesswomen exemplify the diversity of Japanese feminism: we meet Kanazumi Fumiko, a lawyer who assists women in a legal system that has long discriminated against them; Kora Rumiko, a poet who reclaims and redefines language to convey her experiences as a woman; Nakanishi Toyoko, founder of the Japanese Women's Bookstore; and Ueno Chizuko, a professor who has tackled such issues as pornography and abortion reform both in and out of the academy.

These women speak to a host of issues—the politics of language, the treatment of women in medicine and law, the deeply entrenched role of women as mothers and caregivers, the future of feminism in Japan, and the relationship between Japanese feminists and "western" feminisms. Broken Silence will do much to dispel Western stereotypes about Japanese women and challenge North American attitudes about feminism abroad. With a timeline, glossary, and comprehensive list of feminist organizations, this is a long overdue collection sure to inform and excite all those interested in feminism and Japan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520085145
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 02/27/1997
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sandra Buckley is Professor of East Asian Studies at Griffith University, Australia.

Table of Contents

Excerpts from Sexuality
List of Selected Works

NAKANISHI TOYOKO Owner-Manager, Shokado Women's Bookstore, Osaka
Excerpts from Our Bodies, Ourselves

OCHIAI KEIKO Author; Owner-Manager, Crayon House, Tokyo
Interview (with Uchida Junko)
The Rape, Chapter I
List of Selected Works

SAITO CHIYO Founding Editor, Agora
"What Is Japanese Feminism?"
List of Selected Works

UENO CHIZUKOK  Professor, University of Tokyo; Sociologist
"Are the Japanese Feminine? Some Problems of Japanese
Feminism in Its Cultural Context"
List of Selected Works

Chronology of Significant Events in the Recent History of
Japanese Women (1868-1991)
List of Feminist and Related Women's Organizations


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