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Rising Sons and Daughters: Life Among Japan's New Young

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Grade 7 Up-As part of a Youth for Understanding Program, Wardell lived with a Japanese family for a summer, attending a local high school. This book is his diary for that period, edited yet retaining a simple, chatty style. Although readers may feel that the young man should have done a bit more homework before he went to Japan, his perspectives are fresh and unprejudiced. Ostensibly dealing with today's youth, Wardell also makes many observations about Japan's older generations and draws apt comparisons with Americans and their customs. Both nations come in for both sensible praise and criticism, the contrast between the two countries' school customs being especially intriguing. YAs will find that the individual portraits as well as the overall presentation challenges American stereotypes of the Japanese. An eyeopener for general readers, this will also prove a welcome adjunct to social-studies classes.
John Philbrook, San Francisco Public Library
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Plympton Pr Intl (September 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963923099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963923097
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,696,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Steven Wardell's book is a pure delight and I've recommended itto friends of all ages. In Rising Sons and Daughters, we learn thatJapanese young people are preserving their country's tradition of respect for their elders while also creating their own identity as Japan's "Generation X". Like our own young people, they are bombarded with some of the excesses of "Western culture" - Clothing fads, rock groups, a culture of shopping, etc. What they seem to be developing, however, is a healthy hybrid of old and new that retains a firm foundation in good values. The Ando family members are wonderful, memorable people and Stevern Wardell writes poignantly about their lives and hopes of each of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed Rising Sons and Daughters. I don't know of any other book that looks at Japanese society from the point of view of its young people poised as they are between their parents' age-old Japanese culture of restraint and obedience to the will of the community, and their peers' adulation of Western culture. True to form, the "New Young" of Japan seem to be creating an "international" blend, as the Ando family demonstrates in this beautifully written book of vignettes of the private lives of members of this family. Steven Wardell is clearly a talented young author, adopted for some of his schooling into this family of four teens, and thus able to view family life in Japan from the inside out. A great read!
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Steven Wardell went to Japan without reading any of the hundreds of books about Japan. He went without any idea of how Japan would treat him. So what he writes seems to come to us without much editing by any pre-made belief. No filters are between us and the experiences he had day to day. All the details about school, family life and learning the language comes to us without any forethought.
Compared to other books on Japan this is raw, unmolded, information and is full of insight that I doubt even Wardell realized was amazing for such a young writer. I would say that this is a must for anybody planning on going to Japan for ANY reason.
Did find some humor in the fact that Wardell felt the need to explain everything, even what a corn dog was, and that when he met other exchange students one complained about how the Japanese, and I quote, Couldn't even speak English good, end of quote. Couldn't even speak English GOOD? Neither can the exchange students it seems.
All in all, you need to get it. Used, paperback, in hardcover, any version you can. Just get it.
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