“Balancing Act" Of Being Japanese In America Is Explored In New Release From Alexander Street Press
NOVEMBER 01, 2011 (ALEXANDRIA, VA) — Today, Filmakers Library, an imprint of Alexander Street Press, announces the addition of the award-winning film, Mothers’ Way, Daughters’ Choice, to its catalog of titles.
This partially autobiographical film by Kyoko Gasha shows how the deep influences of Japanese culture clashed with her need for a unique identity. Gasha’s desire for choice in her life, rather than following what she and other Japanese women call “the way” in Japan, led her to move with her daughter to New York City in 2001.
Halfway through the film Gasha asks the question: “Was I the only one who felt this way?” She then introduces four women who, like her, moved to New York from Japan to find themselves and discovered that there is great value and beauty to being Japanese in America.
“With views from three generations of women, Mothers’ Way, Daughters’ Choice digs deep into how cultures can clash on a very personal level,” said Andrea Traubner, Director of Filmakers Library. “It’s fascinating to see how the mothers of these women react to their moves and how life in Japan compares to life in America. Students of both Asian studies and sociology should not miss this film.”
Mothers’ Way, Daughters’ Choice received the Audience Award at the 2010 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival and the 2010 Front Page Award from the Newswomen’s Club of New York.
Mothers’ Way, Daughters’ Choice is currently available for purchase on DVD. Later this month, this title will be available online in streaming video through Alexander Street’s Academic Video Store at http://academicvideostore.com, and as part of Alexander Street’s Filmakers Library Online collection.
A preview of this video can be found on the Alexander Street Press YouTube channel. For more information on Mothers’ Way, Daughters’ Choice or to order the DVD, visit http://www.alexanderstreet.com/filmakers.htm. Qualified faculty and library staff may request trial access and pricing information for Filmakers Library Online by emailing sales [at] alexanderstreet [dot] com.
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