A neurotically funny collection that looks under the hood of adult life As in life, she was a pain in the arse in death. He could hear her roaring all the way from the fifth circle, 'Why the hell do you get to be in a better circle than me, I'm wrathful because of your lust -' Deploying a chorus of voices both ancient and modern to explore a world of sexual politics and singles cruises, dysfunctional families and psychoanalysis, awkward cohabitations and self-help guides for the would-be Dream Girl, this is the third collection from a unique poetic talent: observant, obsessive and wickedly witty.
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How to answer a door. How to peel a potato. How to set a table. How to prepare a five-course dinner in six hours for a party of twelve. In the patriarchal environments explored by the novel, the example of a good woman is the one who accepts male dominance even over her own body. The voices may vary but the lack of agency over their own bodies is taken for granted regarding the Picture Brides.
Their bodies are properties to be used by men according to their own needs: a wife, a laborer, a child bearer, a companion, a lover, and so on. Female subordination as a tradition, something that passed from one generation to another, also appears in different moments of the narrative.
Women do not seem to own their own bodies, which are mainly identified with a reproductive apparatus. We gave birth at five in the morning in the pressing room at the Eagle Hand Laundry and that night our husband began kissing us in bed. She worked in the rice paddies until the day she felt the first pangs.
We gave birth weeping, like Nogiku, who came down with fever and could not get out of bed for three months.
Be patient. Stay calm. But for now , our husbands told us, please leave the talking to me. For they already spoke the English language. Disappointment was a potential aspect of the diasporic experience for Japanese men and women who came to America.
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Three elements contributed to this potential disappointment: first, the working opportunities and conditions could be even harder than that imagined by men as they decided to go to America and for women as they followed the men; second, concerning the Picture Bride practice, photographs were not a trustworthy medium in the matchmaking process, for they could mask age and even the conditions of both parts involved in the process such as physical features and financial situations; finally, the big picture, the historical context of a Great War that brought severe consequences for some diasporic subjects.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese immigrants were forced to abandon their previous lives and be confined in internment camps. Moreover, there are other diasporic subjects as for example, Chinese, Mexicans, Philippines, and Indians. We hated them. We wanted to be them.
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As women have to perform according to their gender, so do diasporic subjects according to their condition. As immigrants, they are expected to behave in a certain fashion. One could say that the objectification of women is extended to the immigrants in general. They are there as working force, machines that should do what Americans are not willing to do. They are there to perform their role and not be noticed; in a certain way, they are not part of the American society:.
Most of them took little notice of us at all. We were there when they needed us and when they did not, poof, we were gone. We stayed in the background, quietly mopping their floors, waxing their furniture, bathing their children, cleaning the part of their houses that nobody but us could see OTSUKA, , p. The state can use their labour but must keep them out of civil society. They called us Helen and Lily. They called us Margaret. When they do not occupy an invisible place, diasporic subjects, women in special, occupy the place of the exotic.
Their bodies are an exotic land to be explored. The difference between diasporic subjects and colonial subjects becomes just a matter of geography for: as the narrative shows us, the dynamics of domination and subordination do not cease to exist.
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In the case of Japanese immigrants in America, they are the ones who move to be dominated instead of receiving the dominant forces in their country. This chapter presents the struggle between the permanence of old traditions and the creation of new traditions. They forgot how to pray. A sense of negotiation regarding the new generation born in the U.