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The Secrets of Mariko: A Year in the Life of a Japanese Woman and Her Family by [Bumiller, Elisabeth]
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An examination of contemporary Japanese society as seen through a year in the life of a middle-class woman.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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While interviewing in Japan for the Washington Post in 1991-92, journalist Bumiller chronicled through an interpreter a year in the life of Mariko, "an ordinary Japanese woman," and her family and neighborhood. Her struggle to balance her own needs with those of her family is a "reminder that certain universalities transcend borders." Like the author's May You Be the Mother of a Hundred Sons (LJ 5/1/90), about Indian women, Mariko is best suited to young adults despite its occaisional cliches. In 1910 Makiko Nakano (1890-1978) was a newlywed daughter-in-law with responsibilities in a busy family community that functioned both as a residence and as a store. Likable, assiduous Makiko detailed changes taking place in her early-20th-century Japanese town and domestic life in her diary. Nakano Takashi's 1981 publication of his mother's record is in Japanese-language collections of many university libraries. Translator Smith (Japanese, Cornell Univ., ret.), who is associated with the creation of The Diary of a Japanese Innkeeper's Daughter (Cornell Univ. East Asia Program, 1984), provides all the relevant explication, notes, maps, and illustrations a researcher of modern Japanese social history could desire. Both works offer insights into the daily lives of 20th-century Japanese women and help dispel the mythology; both are recommended for public library and women's studies collections, though Makiko's Diary is essential for academic and scholarly libraries.?Helen Rippier Wheeler, formerly with SLIS, Univ. of California-Berkeley,
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 1142 KB
  • Print Length: 365 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0679772626
  • Publisher: Vintage (September 29, 2010)
  • Publication Date: September 29, 2010
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043M4ZFM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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