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Through Japanese Eyes: Thirty Years of Studying Aging in America
by Yohko Tsuji
Rutgers University Press, 2021
Paper: 978-1-9788-1955-9 | Cloth: 978-1-9788-1956-6 | eISBN: 978-1-9788-1959-7
Library of Congress Classification HQ1064.U5T78 2020

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In Through Japanese Eyes, based on her thirty-year research at a senior center in upstate New York, anthropologist Yohko Tsuji describes old age in America from a cross-cultural perspective. Comparing aging in America and in her native Japan, she discovers that notable differences in the pan-human experience of aging are rooted in cultural differences between these two countries, and that Americans have strongly negative attitudes toward aging because it represents the antithesis of cherished American values, especially independence. Tsuji’s research discloses how her American interlocutors ingeniously fill this gap between the ideal and the real to live meaningful lives. The book also reveals that American culture, despite its seeming lack of guidance for those aging, plays a pivotal role in elders’ lives, simultaneously assisting and constraining them. Furthermore, Tsuji’s lengthy period of research illustrates major changes in her interlocutors’ lives, incorporating their declines and death, and significant shifts in the culture of aging in American society. The book also describes the author’s journey of getting to know American culture and growing into senescence herself. 
 

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