Looking Beyond the Mask: When American Women Marry Japanese Men

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SUNY Press, Aug 30, 2001 - Social Science - 231 pages
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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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Contents

Love Stories
7
InLaws
25
Customs and Manners
45
Values
61
Living Conditions
75
Medical Matters
89
Religion
99
Communication
113
Being Different
155
What It Takes
171
Can We Go Home Again?
185
The Gains
193
Looking Ahead
199
Notes
211
References
217
Index
225

Sex and Gender
125
Mothers Role
143

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About the author (2001)

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

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