The Paradigm Shift During Post War Japanese Gender Relations Through The Anthropological Accounts Of Uwa Residents

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In Haruko’s World, Gail Bernstein illustrates the paradigm shift in post-war Japanese gender relations through the anthropological accounts of Uwa residents. Bernstein investigates, in depth, the results of the American Occupation on Japanese life. Through her studies, readers can gain an understanding of how everything from modern farming practices to access to birth control affected Japanese daily life and gender relations. There was change in the dynamics of Japanese culture, post-war; antiquated traditions were broken, and old Japanese values became obsolete, replaced with modern American values. As a result of Western influences, especially the introduction of contemporary American farming practices and technology, Japanese education was taken more seriously post World War II. Prior to the implementation of more efficient farming technology, school was considered a secondary priority in Japan. Bernstein says, “school classes were canceled at the peak of the farm season so that children could help out in the fields. There was no time for children to study.” In post-war Japan, education, including the education of females, took precedence. Bernstein describes this by saying, “(Fumiko’s) daughters, unhampered by the need to learn farming, were expected simply to do well in school.” The American Occupation of Japan allowed for gender equality in terms of access to education. This shift was widespread, even causing changes in the layout of homes. According to Bernstein,…

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