The News Letter making business women happy, "bizMag"(vol.23)
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The bizMag vol.23 is an English version of Dr. Anne Imamura's interview.
The latter half report is about the marriage of herself and her books.
"We thoroughly discussed our goals for the future."
The Area Studies Division Director at the Foreign Service Institute (U.S Department of State)
Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University.
Dr. Anne Imamura
A sociologist who has taught at Sophia University in Tokyo; the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur; the University of Maryland, College Park; and Georgetown University.
Among Dr. Imamura$B!G(Bs publications are: Re-Imaging Japanese Women, University of California Press, 1996; Urban Japanese Housewives: At Home and in the Community, University of Hawaii Press, 1987; Transcending Stereotypes: Discovering Japanese Culture and Education, co-edited: International Press, 1991; and numerous journal articles.
Chikage:You lived in a lot of countries.
In most cases did you go with your husband?
Imamura:In principle, as much as possible.
Having a flexible schedule is one of the good points of being a college professor.
Chikage:Did you and your husband go to the same university?
Imamura:When we went to graduate school we each were offered scholarships from separate universities, but chose to go to Columbia University together.
Chikage:This was a reflection of your mutual love.
Imamura:Actually, this was a difficult decision.
He was interested in international relations and I was interested in sociology so we had to make a choice that both of us could live with.
Chikage:It is very challenging for a couple to decide what path to take to advance both parties when each has his or her own goals.
We thoroughly discussed our goals for the future and decided that it was important and natural to be together (at the same graduate school.)
Chikage:Just like the women in your international marriage study you married a Japanese man.
What in your opinion are Japan's good points and desirable characteristics?
Imamura:Japan has many admirable values.
Imamura:I like "Sincerity", "Obligation", and "Basic Human Feeling" (on, giri, ninjou).
I also appreciate that in comparison to the United States, Japan has a long history.
Chikage:One tends to forget about this valuable cultural inheritance when one is in Japan.
Imamura:That's true. I also think that the Japanese value of not being wasteful has been given greater attention recently in the light of the ecology movement.
Chikage:What do you feel are the problems Japan faces?
Imamura:One challenge is that career choices are still relatively limited for both men and women.
Chikage:In the United States there is more flexibility in planning one's carreer.
Imamura:In Japan today, compared to the past there is more flexibility.
However, it is still difficult for women to return to work after they once resign.
Chikage:It is said that it is difficult for women to return to their former position even if they are able to return to work.
Imamura:It would be difficult for a man to do that too.
However, in reality it is women who resign to raise their children.
You have published on Japanese women's issues.
Please tell us about the book you edited Re-Imaging Japanese Women.
Imamura:I edited Re-Imaging Japanese Women ten years ago.
At that time, most of the English language literature on Japan that was available to college students focused on urban housewives or farm women.
I began this book project in order to provide a resource on a broader perspective of Japanese women.
What was the audience for your book?
Imamura:I aimed at the educated reader who had some interest in Japan.
At the time I began the project, the Japanese economic bubble was very strong and there was a lot of interest in Japan.
However, the primary focus was on business and business men rather than on family and women.
Chikage:How did you collect the chapters on a variety of women?
Imamura:I asked the authors of already published books and presenters at academic seminars to write chapters for my book.
Chikage:It sounds like an enjoyable project!
I wanted to include chapters on as many types of women as possible.
In the end I had more chapters than I could include.
Completing the book took 5 years.
Chikage:What a great achievement.
What are your future plans?
Imamura:I would like to write about older Japanese who live in the United States.
These Japanese imigrants are aging and I would like to study their situation.
Chikage:That is very interesting.
I am sure that issues relating to aging are a major concern for Japanese who consider immigrating to the United States.
Imamura:I hope that I am able to do the study.
In addition,teaching at the university level provides me with the opportunity to learn,and working with young people keeps me young.
I hope to continue teaching for a long time.
Chikage:This is the secret of your youthfulness.
I also hope to be interested in learning for a long time. Thank you for today.
This time I have heard about the international marriage of Dr. Anne Imamura.
Even if each one are very busy and have no time to free,it is important to hear and talk about the future each other .
I think that we can expand our ability by knowing the different senses of values of countries and sex and generations.
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