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Polite Lies has ratings and 46 reviews. Daniel said: I loved Kyoko Mori’s commitment to honesty, even when that meant blackening the eyes of people i. Mori–who was 12 when she lost her mother to suicide–sees that death as a rejection of the polite lie of marital harmony and stability. Polite Lies. On being a Woman Caught Between Cultures. Kyoko Mori “Mori’s observations about lies and their consequences build to a powerful effect.

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Polite Lies: On Being a Woman Caught Between Cultures – Kyoko Mori – Google Books

Jan 12, Raquel rated it liked it. I often felt that she judged others and their choices as poorer than her own, that she is on the right and she is enlightened often, I could add here “by the West”. It’s a beautifully written rant, but still a rant. It explained koyko a bit about the differences in the Japanese and American approaches to conveying information, politeness, and honesty. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. However, her criticism has some common critiques of the two cultures.

Though there is a sameness to some of these essays, Mori’s observations about lies and their consequences build to powerful effect.

Polite Lies: On Being a Woman Caught Between Cultures

As an insight into the psychopathology of Kyoko Mori herself, Polite Lies is unparalleled. Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. From her unhappy childhood in Japan, weighted by a troubled family and a constricting culture, to the American Midwest, where she found herself free to speak as a strong-minded independent woman, though still an outsider, Mori explore In this powerful, exquisitely crafted book, Kyoko Mori delves into her dual heritage with a rare honesty that is both graceful and stirring.


People in both cultures use polite lies like “We should hang out some time,” or “Tell me how you’re doing” that the listener must be culturally fluent and self-aware enough to interpret the authenticity of the speaker.

Polite Lies: On Being a Woman Caught Between Cultures by Kyoko Mori

No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! She had some interestin This is an autobiography I stole from someone else’s list, because I find Japanese culture fascinating. Born and raised in Japan, the Americanized Mori expounds on the restrictive, complicated and traditional Japanese society she seems to despise.

For her, Kobe was a miserable place with miserable memories, and yet, she can’t help but kyo,o of it. I think she has some excellent points, especially the illustrations on how linguistics color culture, but polife becomes entirely too unrel I gave it three stars instead of two because I thought the prose was excellent, and you don’t find that so often, and also because I keep thinking about things in the book.

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Her father remarried one year later, but the household was not a happy one, and Mori looked for ways to stay away from home.

Inside the Other Side. Do to men what Hemingway did to women Aug 10, Carol Jones rated it really liked myoko.

Be the first to discover new talent! I read Polite Lies today, in two sittings. In twelve penetrating, painful, and at times hilarious essays, she explores the codes of silence, deference, and expression that Mar 26, Chris rated it it was ok Shelves: Jan 26, Sandy D. She was struggling to give her a voice that she never had Overall rating No ratings yet 0. While she bravely sees through what she calls the polite fictions of her Japanese family and friends, Mori is rarely condemnatory.


Oct 25, Daniel Clausen rated it it was amazing.

Buddhist Thought and Applied Psychological Research. Ultimately however, her ongoing bitterness regarding an unhappy childhood, and her absolute inability to compromise or view anybody else’s choices as either rational or acceptable interferes with her capacity to impartially reflect on her homeland.

I can omri where a lot of her behaviors come from but I do think Kyoko needs to lighten up about the laundry! I’m giving this a higher rating than I gave her first memoir, The Dream of Waterbecause I can see Mori’s personal growth in this one. Jan 12, PlushyPirate rated it really liked it.

Her examination of her family made for very interesting reading. No trivia or quizzes yet.

I own her latest memoir, Yarn: Kyoko Mori’s life falls into two halves: Jun 24, Hollowspine rated it really liked it Shelves: She finds well-meaning Americans intrusive.