In The Land of the Brokenhearted Falling In and Out of Love with the New Superpower Japan seduces. It seduces with the potential for profit and with the allure of an exotic world far from hope. Japan can also break your heart. Michael Sharpiro, an American journalist, move to Tokyo with his wife, who was sent there by her newspaper. The account of what he thought he'd find and what he actually encountered is a surprising and revealing exploration of a society that has always been impenetrable to the West. More and more Americans are finding themselves in some relationship with Japan-- as students, employees, business partners, and travelers. And while these realtionships can be productive and satisfying, they can often be frustrating as well. Japanese and Westerners approach the world, their lives, their friendships in profoundly different ways that they often end up confusing and hurting each other. Many Westerners have come to Japan seeking cultural perfection, only to have their innocent visions shattered. Among the most famous was Lafcadio Hearn, who arrived at the turn of the century and the beginning of Japan's westernization. His presence, through his writings, serves at the author's alter ego. Five contemporary Americans and several surprising Japanese lead Mr. Shapiro deep within the workings of a homogeneoussociety: ther is the baseball player baffled that his team doesn't protest when an umpire calls a ball a strike; the businessman who attempts to move his stubborn Japanese boss into new markets; the woman who defies the alien fingerprinting law and dares a stuned legal system to thro her into the workhouse; and the missionary couple who find that whatever religion their community professes outwardly, their only true belief lies in "Japanesism"--a club to which no foreigner can be admitted.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
A foreigner's love of Japan is rarely reciprocated, asserts journalist Shapiro after five years spent there, beginning in 1984, with his wife Susan Chira, a New York Times reporter. The author offers not only his own acute observations and those of Lafcadio Hearn, extensively cited, but reports the firsthand experiences of five American residents--a Japanese baseball team member, a businessman, a missionary couple and a defiant English teacher, who faced prison rather than be fingerprinted. Shapiro recreates revealing episodes in which, with only partial success, these expatriates sought acceptance by a remote, highly conformist, unpredictable people whose xenophobia extends to other Asiatics and to Japanese who have lived abroad. The Japanese, Shapiro observes, echoing a now conventional consensus, value obligation above love, and subordinate the individual to the group (and to any superior), whether in school, athletics or business. Perhaps, he theorizes, the constant threat of natural disasters has caused the Japanese to fear change of any kind.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description H. Holt. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Light rubbing wear to cover, spine and page edges. Very minimal writing or notations in margins not affecting the text. Possible clean ex-library copy, with their stickers and or stamp(s). Bookseller Inventory # 2534350722
Book Description H. Holt. Book Condition: Fair. Acceptable condition. Acceptable dust jacket. Former Library book. Endpages missing. Bookseller Inventory # W01I-00329
Book Description Holt & Company, Henry. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Book shows minor use. Cover and Binding have minimal wear, and the pages have only minimal creases. Bookseller Inventory # G0805003959I3N00
Book Description Holt & Company, Henry. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. Book appears to be new. Bookseller Inventory # G0805003959I2N00
Book Description Holt & Company, Henry. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. Only slightly differentiated from a new book. Undamaged cover and spine. Pages may display light wear but no marks. Bookseller Inventory # G0805003959I2N00
Book Description Holt & Company, Henry. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Minimal damage to cover and binding. Pages show light use. Bookseller Inventory # G0805003959I3N00
Book Description H. Holt. Book Condition: Very Good. very clean, light shelf wear to dust jacket, tight spine. Bookseller Inventory # 1-P-1-5476
Book Description H. Holt, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Item may show signs of shelf wear. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting. Includes supplemental or companion materials if applicable. Access codes may or may not work. Connecting readers since 1972. Customer service is our top priority. Bookseller Inventory # S_202635781
Book Description H. Holt. Book Condition: Good. Hardcover w / dustjacket. Not a first edition copy. Good, average condition for its age. Book has been read but remains straight, clean, and tight. No internal markings. DJ is Very Good; light edgewear, discolouration. Front and rear hinges separated, binding still sturdy. Stored in sealed plastic protection. In the event of a problem we guarantee full refund. 1989. Hardcover w / dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 194988
Book Description Shapiro, Michael., pub. by Henry Holt & Co., nd, c1989, 1989. 1st Edition, boards & cloth w/gilt spine titles, fine w/dj, 245 pp, tall 8vo, "Falling In and Out of Love with the New Superpower", $10.00. Bookseller Inventory # 313682