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message 1: by Jean (new)

Jean (otakumom) I was wondering if anyone could recommend any books dealing with the feminist movement in Japan. Any help is appreciate! Thanks.

message 2: by Malcolm (new)

Malcolm Muscat Rodo (MrRodo) I know this ain't much...
but have you checked out the literary section of this Wikipedia Article? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feminism...

There are loads of names, both author and book alike.

If that doesn't help...I decided to dig around a bit more and I found these two round about what you were eying for...



I haven't personally read them myself...but I read their descriptions and I think they suit your interests ^^

message 3: by Jean (new)

Jean (otakumom) Thanks, Malcolm! I'll check these out.

message 4: by Athina (new)

Athina | 6 comments I haven't read any non-fiction about feminism in Japan, but it's a good idea for a future read.
What comes in my mind though are Natsuo Kirino's books. They're fiction, with a touch of mystery/crime and portray vividly the role of women in modern society.

message 5: by Jean (last edited Sep 21, 2013 04:49PM) (new)

Jean (otakumom) Yes. Out was quite an illuminating portrayal of working class women as well as dealing with the treatment of the Brazilian born Japanese itinerant workers -- I guess you could call them that since they are only working in Japan on a temporary visa with plans to return to Brazil.

I liked that you followed several different women and how they handle their stagnant lives as well as a crisis situation.

On another note, I have read several interesting books on the subject though by no means comprehensive.

Shutting Out the Sun: How Japan Created Its Own Lost Generation has a section dedicated to the modern woman in Japan or more particularly the Parasite Single. He discusses the expected roles that are being rejected by the more ambitious women and the difficulty of those who wish to have a family yet balance a career or finding a male counterpart who will respect their ambitions and achievements.

Kickboxing Geishas: How Modern Japanese Women Are Changing Their Nation is not an empirical look but more of an anecdotal survey done by an African-American journalist and her impressions as well as interviews with many women. At certain points, the writing is a bit repetitive and jumps around but it is still an interesting perspective presented all the same. I know this work got a lot of criticism but I really enjoyed hearing the author's impressions as well as the interviews she did.

I'll look into books that we might present as a group or buddy read. This subject certainly interests me.

Feel free to also suggest books as well!

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