Polite Lies has ratings and 46 reviews. Daniel said: I loved Kyoko Mori’s commitment to honesty, even when that meant blackening the eyes of people i. Mori–who was 12 when she lost her mother to suicide–sees that death as a rejection of the polite lie of marital harmony and stability. Polite Lies. On being a Woman Caught Between Cultures. Kyoko Mori “Mori’s observations about lies and their consequences build to a powerful effect.

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For a culture that values self-importance and material possessions so much it seems strange.

Oct 24, Linda rated it it was ok Shelves: My library Help Advanced Book Search. And I will always love that a book makes me think. It explained quite a bit about the differences in the Japanese and American approaches to kgoko information, politeness, and honesty. The Woman’s Retreat Book.

I have seen mentioned in some reviews that she seems quite negative about her own country, but to be completely honest: Living Alone and Loving ,yoko. The title should be at least 4 characters long.


The Dream of Water. She had some interestin This is an autobiography I stole from someone else’s list, because I find Japanese culture fascinating. Jan 12, PlushyPirate rated it really liked it. He was finally diagnosed with stomach cancer.

People in both cultures use polite lies like “We should polife out some time,” or “Tell politf how you’re doing” that the listener must be culturally fluent and self-aware enough to interpret the authenticity of the speaker. Random Acts of Kindness. But here’s the thing: Could she have written the character of her father more sympathetically?

Her memoirs this is the 2nd I’ve read so far often read kkyoko journal entries where she justifies and defends her actions to the reader — this is why I divorced my ex-husband, this is why I did this, etc. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Lots of insight into many different aspects of Japanese culture, not only from a female view.


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As another Goodreads reviewer wrote, I, too, felt uncomfortable with Mori’s Japan bashing. Whenever I read a good book I feel at home. The Japanese culture, also seems be very uncompromising, too, and the comparison to the Midwestern culture was fascinating.

Another thing that bothered me Terribly is her definition of manga, that I shall not repeat here. I loved Kyoko Mori’s commitment to honesty, even when that meant blackening the eyes of people in her family. Born and raised in Japan, the Americanized Mori expounds on the restrictive, complicated and traditional Japanese society she seems to despise.

Her examination of her family made for very interesting reading. I empathized deeply with many of the themes of this book. Aug 10, Carol Jones rated it really liked it.

The world sees little more than a winner, a benign petty king or diamyo, a leader bearing terrible burdens. I appreciate Mori’s insights, I just wish she had been more straightforward about the limitations of her perspective here.

The review must be at least 50 characters long. Common terms and phrases Akiko altar American asked aunt bird brother Buddhist called childhood Liess colors cousin crying dark kies dresses embarrassed everything eyes father feel felt flowers girl gossip grandmother Green Bay haiku happy hear Hiroko Hiroshi husband ikebana Jane Eyre Japa Japan Japanese friends Japanese woman Jell-O Jumpei Katie Kazumi Keiko Kenichi kids kimono kitchen knew Kobe Kuzuha laugh lived looked Mariko marriage married Maxine Kumin meant Michiko Midwest mother mother’s death never nice night Nobuko O-Bon omiai Osaka person pink red patent leather salad seemed silence someone stay stepmother story sure Sylvia Plath symbol Tadashi talk taught teachers tell thing thought Tokyo told train train station trust truth trying understand voice walked wear week Wisconsin women words worry write.

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Mori cannot be effective if she is not cruel. Please review your cart. She is frank–but never deeply angry. Mori spent the first 20 years of her life in Japan and the last 20 in the midwestern US where she lives currently, and has only made a few short visits back to Japan.

Wives, Husbands, and Lovers. The author goes into great detail about her struggle with trying to come to terms with her roots and the pull of home, but her yearning to find what feels like home to her.

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Account Options Sign in. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Flying Tigers Over Cambodia. Though there is a sameness to some of these essays, Mori’s observations about lies and their consequences build to powerful effect.

The stereotype just gets worse with each grotesque iteration. A Discourse by Three Drunkards on Government. For herself, unable to decide on a way of life that didn’t involve compromise, the author chose divorce: Put Your Heart on Paper.

Polite Lies: On Being a Woman Caught Between Cultures by Kyoko Mori

Item s unavailable for purchase. The author has spent her time in America examining her own repressive society, and she does not like what she sees.

Feb 09, Yoonmee rated it it was kyoo Shelves: