By Lieba Faier
This groundbreaking learn explores the hot dramatic alterations led to in Japan by way of the inflow of a non-Japanese inhabitants, Filipina brides. Lieba Faier investigates how Filipina ladies who emigrated to rural Japan to paintings in hostess bars-where first and foremost they have been generally disparaged as prostitutes and foreigners-came to be pointed out by means of the neighborhood citizens as "ideal, conventional eastern brides."Intimate Encounters, an ethnography of cultural encounters, unravels this paradox via reading the standard relational dynamics that force those interactions. Faier remaps Japan, the Philippines, and the us into what she phrases a "zone of encounters," displaying how the meanings of Filipino and eastern tradition and id are remodeled and the way those adjustments are comprehensive via traditional interpersonal exchanges. Intimate Encounters presents an insightful new standpoint from which to think again nationwide subjectivities amid the expanding pressures of globalization, thereby broadening and deepening our knowing of the bigger problems with migration and disapora.
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Extra resources for Intimate Encounters: Filipina Women and the Remaking of Rural Japan
These arguments are important. However, we also need to consider how Filipina migrants’ and Japanese residents’ desires came together in culturally, historically, and geographically speciﬁc ways to shape these women’s migration experiences and the possibilities that emerged for them in Japan. ). These marriages have garnered much popular and scholarly attention in Japan and have come to be viewed as paradigmatic of Filipina-Japanese marriages in rural areas. These marriages ﬁrst attracted attention when a farming village in Yamagata Prefecture began to arrange group weddings between local bachelors and Filipino women.
I offer portraits of people I met. However, a careful reader will notice that my characterizations of people are sometimes inconsistent across several chapters. In this book, I am less interested in presenting people as consistent and coherent subjects than in asking why, at certain moments and for certain contingent historical, cultural, political-economic, and ethnographic reasons, they presented themselves as they did. I focus on pulling apart the layers of meaning and power through which people made various claims.
She also wanted to help her family while asserting her independence. In contrast, a number of Japanese men married to Filipina women in Central Kiso expressed nostalgia for traditional times and gender roles. They also suggested desires to craft a sense of masculinity based on feelings of both benevolence toward and superiority over Filipina women. As I later mention, some of these men also expressed cosmopolitan desires to travel and an interest in the Philippines. In the second half of this book, I will explore the alignments, misalignments, and gaps that developed between Filipina migrants’ and Japanese residents’ desires.
Intimate Encounters: Filipina Women and the Remaking of Rural Japan by Lieba Faier