DER Documentary

Makiko's New World

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by the Media Production Group
color, 57 min, 1999

Non-profit, K-12, and Individual pricing also available
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Early in the 20th century new opportunities were opened to Japanese women, thanks to modern home use goods and to the new technologies of self-awareness offered by snapshot cameras, family albums, and mass produced diary books.

Nakano Makiko and her family were on the hinge of historical change in 1910, the year that she kept a daily record of her activities as the young wife in a busy merchant household in Kyoto. Makiko's New World transports its viewers into the almost-forgotten milieu of urban Japan a century ago. The program blends historical photos and film footage with pictures from family albums and with dramatized re-enactments of events Makiko recorded in her diary.

The program is suitable for classroom use in secondary schools, colleges, and universities, and for civic study groups. For class sessions shorter than 50 minutes the program can be shown in two segments of approximately 29 minutes each. It can also be used in conjunction with Kazuko Smith's prize winning English translation, Makiko's Diary (1995) available from Stanford University press.

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Selected for screening by the Asian Studies Association.

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