Anne Allison “Japanese Mothers and Obents”

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Anne Allison “Japanese Mothers and Obents” by Mind Map: Anne Allison “Japanese Mothers and Obents”

1. Japanese View of Food

1.1. No food is just food in Japan

1.2. Its must be aesthetically pleasing and tasteful and nutritious

1.3. Tiny bite sized portions

1.4. Presentation is contrasts of color, texture, and shape

1.5. Beauty, freshness, and perfectly natural

1.6. Presentation alines with season

1.7. Rice is a staple food

2. School

2.1. reinforces gender roles

2.2. teaches children how and what to think

2.2.1. Nursery schools are private

2.2.2. a greater proportion of 3-6 year olds attend pre-school than in any other nation

2.3. state bureaucracy regulates almost every aspect of the education process

2.4. school attendance determines who will achieve the most desirable positions

2.4.1. entrance exams determine entrance selection

2.4.2. even in primary schools, learning to follow directions is a social imperative

2.5. Less about reading and writing, more about becoming a Japanese student

2.6. Transition from home to "real world" or nursery school is traumatic and difficult for Japanese children

2.6.1. The obento is a means of comfort and eases the pain

2.7. Japanese education is not fun

3. Obento

3.1. filled with meanings of mother and home

3.2. women spend a large amount of time on this

3.3. a committed mother who creates and elaborate obento inspires her child to be a committed student

3.4. Emphasis on finishing all the obento

3.5. Teacher watches over students to make sure they finished their obento

3.5.1. Slow eaters do not fare so well

3.6. Finishing your obento meant acceptance by your peers and your teacher would be proud

3.7. The child eating the obento is placed more on the mother's shoulders than the child's

3.8. Obento bag

4. Food

4.1. Obento

4.1.1. Food is not casual nor arbitrary

4.1.2. entire meal must be consumed

4.1.3. Highly crafted elaborations

4.2. Mother and Child Relationship

4.2.1. Must be eaten quickly

4.2.2. Preparation of Obento demonstrates how good a mother is

4.2.3. Mother and Child are watched, judged and constructed

4.2.4. A joint effort

4.3. Stresses

4.3.1. Creating an obento is worrisome to a mother

4.3.2. Its also a strain on the child

5. The Mother's Role

5.1. If child succeeds in school the mother is complimented, if the child fails, the mother is blamed.

5.2. Mother's Association Meetings

5.3. Jobs and energies demanded of the nursery school mother are consuming

5.4. Mother's can not work part time, they must devote themselves to the child or the teacher will scold them

5.5. Obento is a full time kept at home job

5.6. The obento represents the mother

5.7. Mothers seek approval of each other and the teachers

5.8. Many mothers take pride in their work and seldom complain about their children or motherhood

5.9. Mother creates obento to convey a message of social order as a Japanese

5.10. The mother is pressurized and pleasured with this routine