By O. Goldstein-Gidoni
Girls in postwar Japan have by no means felt thoroughly loose from the conventional proposal of the housewife. Drawing on a different ethnographic inquiry, Ofra Goldstein-Gidoni explores the complexities of the connection among socially and culturally developed roles bestowed on eastern girls and their actual lives. With a singular method of using the web and e mail within the construction of ethnographic wisdom, this e-book supplies voice to the lives and innovations of "professional housewives."
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Well, Ofra, I’m going to send this mail now because I think I wrote too much. I have to prepare the supper quickly!! Love, Mariko E-mail communication falls somewhere between letter writing and conversation. 36). 9 While the personal e-mail conversation in which Mariko and I engaged from 2002 differs in many ways from Internet conversations, I find some intriguing points of comparison. Nicole Constable, who conducted this kind of Internet research for her study of “mail-order” marriage, rightly suggests that despite the similarities between oral, face-to-face conversations and Internet ones, there are some striking differences.
I am not really excited, or am I? It’s weird, on the one hand, I feel very close to this place, Japan, and I suppose this feeling of being at home here is a strong one. But, on the other hand, I feel a bit numb towards the interview and the conference—I need to think of the paper and I don’t do it. Or is it a kind of a protection that I wear? (12:30)—In fact, I find myself very nervous before this interview. I had a hard time to decide what to wear although I had only 2 options to start with. I finally decided on the new pants mainly because I didn’t find the right accessory to go with the skirt.
I’m too shy to knock again on her [the neighbor’s] door as it is morning and she may open again in her home wear and I will embarrass her again . . I finally took the ordinary gomi outside (is it moenai or moeru gomi [unburnable or burnable garbage], I’m totally confused). Well, I took it out. 26 ... Being away and hearing what’s going on at home makes me so conscious again of the gender differences on the one hand and of the similarities with Japanese shufu’s life on the other. indd 27 4/18/2012 3:33:13 PM 28 ● Housewives of Japan [at home in Israel] as the kids said [on a telephone call].