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Through Japanese Eyes; 4th Edition

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BY RICHARD H. MINEAR
NEW YORK: THE APEX PRESS, 2008
334 PAGES, ISBN: 0-938960-53-9, PAPERBACK

Reviewed by Robert Fish

The new edition of Through Japanese Eyes offers source readings that present Japan through the eyes of a diverse set of Japanese people. Editor Richard Minear examines specific themes through (mostly) aptly selected short, and often contradictory, source readings, along with brief and pedagogically valuable introductions. The book successfully achieves the stated “dual goal” of “offering great readings about Japan that also stimulate thinking about the United States. (2) While the specific readings selected are always open to subjective debate, Minear chose a thought-provoking and varied selection that forces consideration of the nature and plurality of identities of Japanese people and are usable for students with a variety of reading levels.