A Voice For Japanese Women
Traditionally speaking, I should wear a mask.
In Masks, by Fumiko Enchi, a modern look at the roles of women, in Japan, are explored. Not only in the home, but also as an intricate part of society, working their way through life, men, and emotions thought lost to Japanese women. The female characters of the novel are vindictive, cunning, powerful, and intelligent. All seem to predict and expedite their own situations, manipulating any that pose as obstacles towards their goals. In this empowering novel about Japanese women, it becomes evident what would become of men when women prevail in a Japanese society.
Pre-World War II the women of Japan were hidden and taught to be “shufu, woman ‘deep inside the house,’” Their identities would mimic only the leading men in their lives, forcing them to remain shallow beings of an over-traditional society. Unable to demonstrate their true emotions, the ladies of Japan would metaphorically wear masks. Masks that would distract outsiders from seeing any hint of individualism in them, and be blinded by what society molded their women to be: polite, inhibited, and subservient. These women would be able to mask their emotions as well, lacking any genuine feelings. Their lives wou
Australia’s Image in Asia
In 1788, the first migrants arrived in Australia. The Europeans thought Australia was empty, but discovered that it was inhabited by Aboriginals. The British thought that the natives were uncivilised and colonised Australia under the term “Terra Nullias” meaning uninhabited land.
Since Europe was mostly or all white, and Australia was governed by Britain, most of the migrants were white. The whites also had all the rights and controlled all forms of structure in the society, and to ensure that this continued the government established a “White Australia” policy. Only peoples from the British Isles were accepted as worthy migrants.
During World War 11, Australia became very vulnerable.