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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien


Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien
3-3-6 Kudan-Minami, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0074
Tel: 03 – 3222 5198, Fax: 03 – 3222 5420


Registration Info

The presentation will be given in English. The DIJ Social Science Study Group is a forum for young scholars and Ph.D. candidates in the field of Social Sciences. As always, all are welcome to attend, but please register by March 7th with Gabriele Vogt

Gained in Translation: An Interpretation of Japanese Women’s Mid-life Health Strategies

March 9, 2005 / 6:30 P.M.

Jan Zeserson, Cornell University, USA

 Reports that Japanese women have fewer symptoms at menopause than their North American and European counterparts have generated a great deal of attention in recent years. Various explanations have been suggested for this reported difference in women’s experience.  Diet? Social structures? Cultural expectations? Language patterns?

In this presentation, I briefly introduce these explanatory approaches and summarize my own findings, which are based on a two-sited ethnographic study in Ehime Prefecture: I conducted participant-observation and ethnographic interviews with local women while simultaneously doing research at the Oriental Medical Institute of Ehime Prefectural Central Hospital.  Juxtaposing the two sites, I propose an interpretation of the strategies Japanese women discussed regarding menopause