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THE ROAD WINDS UPHILL ALL THE WAY: Gender, Work, and Family in the United States and Japan, by Myra H. Strober and Agnes Miling Kaneko Chan. The MIT Press, 2001, $21.95.

The image of Japanese women walking several steps behind their “master” husbands is alive and well in the American popular imagination. Appearing both literally and metaphorically in academic as well as popular literature, such images are responsible for the idea that Japanese women are decades behind their Western sisters in terms of rights and status.

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