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Harukor: An Ainu Woman's Tale (Voices from Asia) Paperback – April 12, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0520210202 ISBN-10: 0520210204 Edition: 0th

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Product Details

  • Series: Voices from Asia (Book 11)
  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (April 12, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520210204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520210202
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,981,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Essential reading for anyone interested in the Ainu."--"New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies

About the Author

Honda Katsuichi is a journalist and writer who worked for many years at the Asahi Shinbun, Japan's leading newspaper. He is the author of more than thirty works in Japanese, including books on the Ainu, the Nanjing Massacre, and Japanese society. Kyoko Selden is Senior Lecturerin the Department of Modern Languages at Cornell University. Her translations include Kayano Shigeru's, Our Land Was a Forest: An Ainu Memoir (1994). David L. Howell is Associate Professor of History at Princeton University.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Fenevad on May 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
Harukor is a good introduction to Ainu culture that does a credible job of presenting Ainu culture as a culture both like and unlike others, without sentimentalizing the Ainu or depicting them as primitive.

The introduction is particularly good as a general overview to Ainu culture (as far as it can be reconstructed) for the period ending in the late 17th century when the Ainu were increasingly subjugated to the expansive Japanese presence.

The biggest weakness of the volume is that it tries to serve two purposes: the first is to present an Ainu tale as an Ainu would tell it; the second is to make the Ainu culture more accessible to non-Ainu. Unfortunately these two goals are some times contradictory and Honda makes a number of digressions and explanations that someone living the traditional Ainu lifestyle would not feel the need to makel while these are needed for the tale to be understandable to modern readers, the effect is to render the actual tale somewhat uneven and cumbersome.

The above flaw is somewhat offset by the quality of the writing and general and the very natural-feeling English translation.

I highly recommend this book for those somewhat curious about the Ainu who are also looking for something easier to read than the volumes of scholarly material available. Even for those familiar with the scholarly material Harukor does a good job of putting a more personal face on Ainu culture.

While the volume is not perfect, it is the only volume of its sort that I know of and is worth the price.
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By Ariel Valerie on July 4, 2013
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I ordered several books on the Ainu and this is one of the top ones, a personal acct and worth reading
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