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Gained in Translation: An Interpretation of Japanese Women’s Mid-life Health Strategies (Über die Gesundheitsstrategien japanischer Frauen mittleren Alters)

09.03.2005 | 18.30

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

Koordination: Harald Conrad; Isa Ducke; Gabriele Vogt


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