1) Which of the following best explains why Bruce Feiler wrote the book; Learning to Bow: Inside the Heart of Japan? (Feiler, 2009, P 182).
a) To create a sense of humor and sensitivity among the Japanese community as he taught English in a funny and lively way in a small rural town.
b) To explore the cultural differences between the Japanese and the Americans and to highlight their two ways of teaching and learning. Feiler taught his students about American culture, while they taught him thighs that are up for grabs in the Japanese culture.
c) To demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of the Japanese education system, in comparison to the American education system. He explored the intersection of families, relationships, community health, and happiness of the Japanese in comparison to the situation in America.
d) To publish useful information and give insight on the geographical phenomenon to assist those who may be interested in visiting Japan for exploration and tourism. He retraced pilgrimages in Japan, making his book a perfect guide to those who are visiting Japan.
1) How can you best explain the Japanese commitment to internalization and what the program entailed? (Feiler, 2009, P194).
a) The internalization program was a milestone achievement in the major reforms and development programs in higher education and international cooperation. Student exchange was valued as a key component of the program as it played a major role in academic development in Japan.
b) Internalization in Japan was meant to contradict the Japanese governments’ education policy as it did not promote Japans foreign language education and national identity. Internationalization did not show commitment to learning of English, rather, it was a policy to promote the Japan’s national language.
c) Internalization in the education sector in Japan involved the deportation of foreign student to their native countries even as the internationalization of the curriculum was done. Internationalization of faculty members or teachers was done with minimal foreigners to promote the culture of Japan globally.
d) Internationalization in Japan was done because the country was lagging behind in global affairs. The process was more of a political affair rather than a development initiative proposed by the government of Japan to open doors in the education sector to various stakeholders.
2) Which of the following can explain the position of women in Japanese Society from Learning to Bow: Inside the Heart of Japan? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LK738CDh21g).
a) “Learning to Bow: Inside the Heart of Women” describes women as voiceless members of the society who only play a major role in family and relationships. The women in Japan are described as delicate members of the society who must be given attention in order to maintain a healthy family relationship.
b) The book by Bruce Feiler describes women as members of the society whose happiness is found in marriage, according to the tradition of Japan. Women who are not dating a man in Japan are regarded as outcasts while men of any age can date a Japanese girl. Bruce Feiler is taught how to date a Japanese girl despite his age as a teacher.
c) Bruce Feiler’s writing describes women as important members of the society who ought to be respected in equal measure as the men in the society. The book gives an insight of Bruce being taught the Japanese culture on how to date a girl in the country without going against the respect that is upheld for the girls.
d) Women in Japan are noted to be people with no freedom and are controlled by the men in the society.
3) From Feiler’s presentation, which of the following explains how important the indigenous religion and belief system is in the Japanese society? (Feiler, 2009, P196).
a) Feiler presents the indigenous religion as very important in the Japanese society as they co-exist relatively harmoniously and have complemented each other to a certain extent. Shinto and Budhism are identified as Japan’a major religions that are as old the Japanese culture.
b) Indigenous religion in Japan is noted by Feiler to be against Christianity, leading to the scarce distribution of Churches across Japan. Indigenous religion is said to influence the lifestyle of the Christians living in Western Japan.
c) Japan is not a religious country as a huge percentage of the country’s population do not identify with an organized religion.
d) The Japanese only believe in ancestral gods; hence they do not lead religious lives
4) Is Bruce Filer’s representation of Japanese educational system and Japanese cultural practices accurate or biased? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LK738CDh21g).
a) The presentation is biased. Bruce Feiler only explains his experience as a teacher; thus, he does not explain the ordinary life of a Japanese citizen
b) The presentation is biased. Bruce Feiler comes out as a funny and insightful author, who only recounts a few years he spent at a rual town in Japan.
c) The presentation is accurate. Bruce Feiler is one of America’s most popular voices and his writings reveal his personal experience of cultures and education systems as an author.
d) The presentation is accurate. Bruce Feiler recounts the year he spent as a teacher in Japan, sharing his experience of cultures as he interacted with students. Bruce begins his writing with a ritual outdoor bath and culminating at the top of a mountain, while later he teachers his students about the American culture in the Japanese education system.
Feiler, B. S. (2009). Learning to bow: Inside the heart of Japan. HarperCollins.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LK738CDh21g. Web. 09 Jan. 2018.
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