August 8, 2011 § Leave a comment
Upon reading more of Japanese Wartime Zoo Policy | The Silent Victims of World War II, I felt that the style of writing of this publication was not only insightful, but quite evocative and poetic. Mayumi Itoh paints a deep illustration of this narrative of history through her haikus after each chapter of the book.
“Raion no keishi rakuen tsuru no naku”
The crane cries in the paradise where the lions had disappeared.
As a female historian, Mayumi Itoh’s publication projects compassion and sentimental worldiness that is perhaps natural to her sex. Undoubtedly there is strong and thorough research that supports this account of World War II. It would be a question that I would like to ask her If I have the opportunity. Whether being a female makes her historical writing, approach to research and subjects of interest present a marked difference against males?
I would love to know more about her practice of writing and her thoughts about history as narrative. All I know about Mayumi Itoh is this:
Mayumi Itoh received her Ph.D. from the City University of New York, specializing in International Relations and Comparative Politics. Before she came to the USA, Dr. Itoh worked at Amnesty International, the Japanese Section and the Southeast Asia Promotion Center for Trade, Investment and Tourism (Intergovernmental Organization between ASEAN and Japan) in Tokyo. Her areas of interest are comparative politics and international relations, especially in northeast Asia. She has published articles on Japanese domestic politics and foreign policy, and two books, Globalization of Japan: Japanese Sakoku Mentality and U.S. Efforts to Open Japan (St. Martin’s Press, 1998), and The Rise and Fall of the Hatoyama Dynasty: Japanese Political Leadership Through the Generations (2003, Palgrave/St. Martin’s Press).