Japanese social values in representations of Australia

Tada, Masayo (1999) Japanese social values in representations of Australia. Japanese Studies, 19 1: 69-79. doi:10.1080/10371399908727667

Author Tada, Masayo
Title Japanese social values in representations of Australia
Journal name Japanese Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1037-1397
Publication date 1999-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10371399908727667
Volume 19
Issue 1
Start page 69
End page 79
Total pages 11
Place of publication 1037-1397; 1469-9338
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2000
Language eng
Subject C1
420399 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
751005 Communication across languages and cultures
Formatted abstract
'Australian husband' is a phrase that sometimes appears in Japanese writings about Australia. It connotes a very domestic husband, one who participates in all kinds of housework. However, how many Australians would associate the phrase with this Japanese definition? This can be seen as an example of the fact that the meaning of a representation can differ between societies, because of differences in social values. In a male-dominated society like Japan gender roles in families are more clearly delineated than in Australia. As a result, any participation in housework by a husband at all is regarded as something special and such a husband is seen to be 'very domestic'. In this essay I would like to discuss the ways in which dominant cultural values in Japan influence interpretations of specific events or issues relating to Australia, a discussion based on an analysis of selected examples of representations of Australia in Asahi Shimbun from the 1970s through the 1990s. Key Japanese values are compared with Australian values, and relations between Japanese representations and Japanese perceptions of Australia are considered.
Q-Index Code C1

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