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Born in Japan, KUMIKO FUJIMURA-FANSELOW spent her formative years in the United States, witnessing the struggles of the civil rights movement and other social movements that followed in the 60s and 70s. She received her PhD in comparative sociology of education from Columbia University.

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Transforming Japan

How Feminism and Diversity are Making a Difference
Kumiko Fujimura-Fanselow

The feminist movement in Japan has impacted every aspect of contemporary life there. Now more than ever, the myth of a homogenous population living within traditional gender roles is being challenged. LGBT people are coming out of the closet; ethnic minorities are mobilizing for change; single mothers are an expanding population; women are becoming political leaders and professional wrestlers as men are becoming househusbands. Transforming Japan is a comprehensive collection of writing by Japanese scholars and activists exploring the ways in which present-day Japan confronts issues of gender, sexuality, race, discrimination, power, and human rights.

“This is the first time a portrait of Japanese women has been written by Japanese women themselves from a feminist perspective: enjoy a volume which blends the latest research of writers and scholars in all fields, who provide both history and social commentary.”

–Midwest Book Review, (on Japanese Women: New Feminist Perspectives on the Past, Present, and Future)

“Twenty-seven essays by Japanese women (and three men, one an American) discuss the changes in women's status in Japan since the Meiji Restoration (1868). …This comprehensive study is recommended for academic and larger public libraries.”

—Library Journal (on Japanese Women: New Feminist Perspectives on the Past, Present, and Future)

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