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Japanese American Women
A Sense of Place
1992, 28 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W99227
The stereotype of the polite, docile, exotic Asian woman is shattered in this documentary in which a dozen women speak about their experiences as part of the “model minority”. JAPANESE AMERICAN WOMEN explores the ambivalent feelings the women have both towards Japan and the United States. The underlying theme is the burden of being different, of being brought up “one of a kind” as opposed to growing up part of an ethnic community. An uneasy feeling prevails of being neither Japanese nor American, and the documentary ultimately becomes the story of Japanese American women and their search for a sense of place.


    “**** Highly recommended. Excellent for colleges for courses in social studies, race relations.”
    Video Rating Guide for libraries

    “A valuable resource for college ethnic studies classes or workplace diversity training.”
    Multicultural Review

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