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Ivy C. Machida writes about her life in terms of Nature's give and take with her as she embarked on an odyssey from the sun-shiny tropical isle of her native Singapore across the rainbow, full of hope and wonder at what lay beyond. As we journey with her through the varied phases of her life, she reveals with candor and poignancy the events and relationships that shaped her in her journey of personal discovery in America in the mid-1960s. There she met Jay Machida and she writes about her adventure in life and politics with Jay as she returned with him to the mystical land of Japan which had captivated her, and to the lush countryside and hometown of his ancestors. As an unlikely political spouse, she stood by Jay when he heeded the call to ancestral duty, first as Prefectural Assemblyman and then as Mayor in the rapidly modernizing environment, in the aftermath of the receding American presence. She chronicles the political process with vision and passion, and gives momentum to the awareness and excitement generated by Jay's political campaigns and projects for the city. With heartrending glimpses into the bewildering world of small-town mores, I.M. provides rich insights into and her perceptions of the quintessential myths and biases of the Japanese countryside, protective of its own, while see-sawing between opposing belief systems. In the process, she strengthens her sense of self and identity as she came to re-define herself as foreign wife, displaced widow and mother of her two sons, as the days of her sojourn expanded in the formidable land - the other end of the rainbow.
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Ivy C. Machida was born in Singapore and is a Singaporean lawyer. She currently lives in Saitama, Japan and works in Tokyo as legal consultant in a major international law firm, and as counsel in a Japanese firm. She is a graduate of Yale Law School and has studied at Cambridge University, UK, and Hebrew University, Jerusalem. She has lived in Japan for more than three decades. She is presently reflecting afresh on her life experiences in poetic forms, drawing on the inspirational images of her youth and the lure of the pastoral countryside of Japan.
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Book Description Printed Matter Press, 2010. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1933606215