Main : Australian history, Japan, non-fiction, queer
198 x 128 mm
Marou Izumo & Claire Maree
Marou and Claire met at a bar in Tokyo. Separated by seventeen years in age, by their cultural origins and by the requirements of visas, they have managed to maintain their relationship through these vicissitudes. Autobiography, duography, love story, cross-cultural reflections and lesbian history, Love Upon the Chopping Board explores the personal and political of lesbianism in Japan and Australia. Marou Izumo was born in Japan in 1951 and became involved in Japan’s first lesbian feminist group in 1977. She has worked in women’s theatre, is a columnist and author of a collection of essays on cinema. Claire Maree was born in Western Australia in 1968, and now resides in Tokyo. Her poetry has been published in Poetry Australia and Common Lives/Lesbian Lives.
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This book is remarkable because...it has successfully linked Japanese politics, sexuality, history and cultural anthropology into a complex and nuanced story. i would highly recommend it to all teachers of contemporary Japan studies who are interested in issues of gender, sexuality, the Japanese family system and for a general understanding of a marginalised sector of Japanese society.Sharon Chalmers, Intersections
'This work's greatest success comes from putting a human face on the struggle for acceptance that people of alternative sexualities face, on both a legal and personal front.' Katherine Buffington, thirdspace
‘… a deeply personal account.’Sue Green, South China Morning Post
Table of Contents
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