edited and with an introduction by Anne E. Imamura
"Re-Imaging Japanese Women" takes a revealing look at women whose voices have only recently begun to be heard in Japanese society: politicians, practitioners of traditional arts, writers, radicals, wives, mothers, bar hostesses, department store and blue-collar workers. This unique collection of essays gives a broad, interdisciplinary view of contemporary Japanese women while challenging readers to see the development of Japanese women's lives against the backdrop of domestic and global change. These essays provide a "second generation" analysis of roles, issues and social change. The collection brings up to date the work begun in Gail Lee Bernstein's "Recreating Japanese Women, 1600-1945" (California, 1991), exploring disparities between the current range of images of Japanese women and the reality behind the choices women make.