The Journal is published by AFWJ six times per year, and consists
of informative articles, short stories, poetry, artwork, personal
experiences and other contributions by our members. It is available
exclusively for members. The following articles have been featured
in past issues.
I Don't Want to Be a Good Japanese Mom!
Being a good mom according to Japanese cultural norms is
so much differerent from how I see myself as a mom. Based on my
own observations, being a good Japanese mom means completely giving
up oneself, one's identity, one's dreams, one' s goals, and one's
sexuality for one's children and husband. It's often hard to think
of my future dreams and goals when I hear and see messages all around
me to fit in and be a "good Japanese mom...."
The American High School Option
Have you ever intimated that kids might be having more fun and far
less stress back in your home country?
What the journal means
"A few hours of feeling connected to friends all over Japan
- and beyond ! I laugh and I cry with my AFWJ sisters, as they share
their stories, insights and experiences, understanding it all."
E.M. -- Shimane Prefecture