Anne-Stine Johnsbråten’s photo-book Good Wife, Wise Mother borrows its title from the Japanese expression ryōsai-kenbo, a modern interpretation of the role of woman forged during the Meiji period (1868-1912). (See Shizuko, Koyama and Sylvain, Gabriel A. «The ‘Good Wife and Wise Mother’ Ideology in Post-World War I Japan». U.S. -Japan Women’s Journal, 1994).
During the Meiji Restoration, Japan opened to the West with the purpose of fostering industrialization and technological development. This would pave the way to the Japanese economic growth after WWI, mobilising labourers from agriculture and enlarging the white-collar . . .
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