[UCP Books]: The Only Woman in the Room: A Memoir of Japan, Human Rights, and the Arts
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A Memoir of Japan, Human Rights, and the Arts
Beate Sirota Gordon
Domestic and international publication date: 03 May 2014
Constitution Memorial Day in Japan
|ISBN‐13: 978‐0‐226‐13251‐8||176 pages ▪ 47 halftones ▪ 6 x 9||Paper ▪ $17.00/₤12.00|
The Only Woman in the Room chronicles the unlikely string of events that led a daughter of Russian Jews to aid in the rushed, secret drafting of the postwar Japanese constitution and thereby almost single‐handedly to establish the rights of Japanese women. Illustrated throughout with stunning photographs, this book captures two cultures at a critical moment in history and recounts, after a fifty‐year silence, a life lived with purpose and courage. This edition features a new foreword by John W. Dower, a new afterword by Nicole A. Gordon, and an elegy by Geoffrey Paul Gordon.
Beate Sirota Gordon (1923‒2012) was an Austrian‐born American performing arts impresario. Following her work on the Japanese Constitution, Gordon devoted her life to bringing the arts of Asia to the United States.
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