Japan and the West: The Perception Gap

Japan and the West: The Perception Gap

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Six members of the Centre for Japanese Research (CJR), an area unit of the Institute for Asian Research at the University of British Columbia, came together in 1989 to work on a common theme of sponsorship of the Japan Foundation. They were motivated by the fact that after over a century of cultural, economic and political interaction between the two regions, mutual misunderstandings or perception gaps remain deep and wide and by the belief that highlighting these differences, as they manifest in diverse areas and manners, might potentially contribute to a better understanding, if not an immediate narrowing, of the gaps. The six essays that follow are the products of such group efforts. Three authors are Westerners and the remaining three are Japanese by origin. By speciality, they represent modern Japanese literature, cultural anthropology, art history, political science, economics and geography.
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  • Hardback | 202 pages
  • 147.3 x 218.4 x 17.8mm | 385.56g
  • Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • index
  • 1859725287
  • 9781859725283

Table of contents

Contents: Perception gaps: an introduction; Images of Western and Japanese art: embodiment of imagination and pseudo-reality in Nanban art; Japanese perceptions of Westerners in modern fiction; Kramer vs. Kramer suspense theatre: the perception gap in constructions of self, gender and family; Business and government relations in Canada and Japan: the homestead and the public vessel ; Understanding Japanese investment behaviour: an organizational approach to social investment; The search for paradise: Japanese property investors in North America; Conclusion: the importance of perception gaps.
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