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by Kiyomi Tanino
She could very well be the most interesting woman I know.
She is issei, first generation from Japan. I am yonsei, fourth generation. She is not related to my family by blood, but she is a very close family friend who I could easily mistake for an aunt or distant cousin.
I remember my great aunt talking about her. She said it was no wonder this woman came to Canada. She is so bold, she must have not liked Japan very well.
At first, I thought she had meant how things were years ago, since the last time my great aunt had been there was years ago. My dad always said there were still problems, but I never realized the extent until I took a course called Japanese Culture, Literature, and Film at York University where we learned, read about, and even talked to female writers from Japan about the lack of feminist movements.
In a book review titled Absolutely Grotesque: Feminist Literature in Japan from a blogger named ConstantineinTokyo, the literature and media, or lack thereof, surrounding feminist issues is addressed. She mentions a TV show called Ohitorisama is mentioned where a single, working woman in her 30’s ultimately finds happiness in a man and a family. As someone who watches anime, I can honestly say this is not a new theme to me.(more inside…)