Looking Beyond the Mask: When American Women Marry Japanese Men

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Looking Beyond the Mask focuses on the personal stories of the growing number of American women who—despite vast cultural differences, and sometimes because of them—are married to Japanese men. Although the problems encountered in such marriages are similar to those found in any union, there are cultural implications that can exacerbate almost any of them. Potential areas of conflict are examined, such as in-laws, customs and manners, values, living conditions, religion, communication, sex and gender, and raising children. The book deals with meeting such challenges and attempting to look beyond the cultural masks to see the real people behind them. The women in question stress the importance of commitment, a flexible attitude, a strong sense of identity, a support network, a sense of perspective, and a sense of humor. They also reveal the benefits of these marriages, including a greater appreciation for Japanese ways and the opportunity to continually grow and learn. Based on extensive research, the book provides a new look at Japan from the unique perspective of those American women most intimately involved with its culture.
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About the author

Nancy Brown Diggs is the author of Steel Butterflies: Japanese Women and the American Experience, also published by SUNY Press.

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Publisher
SUNY Press
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Published on
Jan 1, 2001
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Pages
239
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ISBN
9780791490105
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Language
English
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Genres
Political Science / Public Policy / Cultural Policy
Social Science / Anthropology / Cultural & Social
Social Science / Ethnic Studies / General
Social Science / Popular Culture
Social Science / Sociology / Marriage & Family
Social Science / Women's Studies
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