1. Four opinions an ethnocentric person would express when discussing Kimura’s suicide attempt.
- Kimura is a very horrible person and should be sent to the electric chair for killing her children because it is against the law.
- Any mother that truly loves her children would never take their lives.
- Kimura should be given the proper help because she has a mental disease.
- People in the United States get divorced every day. This is no reason to take the life of your children.
2. Kimura’s and European Immigrants settlement patterns are similar in a couple ways. Both felt lonely from their people being in a new land. Kimura only had her husband with her. The European immigrants only had the people of their ethnicity since there was very little intermarriage or social mixing. Also they both had different ways of thinking and living compared to the native people. This caused both Kimura and European Immigrants to feel very isolated. The European immigrants didn’t speak English which caused friction between them and the Yankees. Neither Kimuara nor the European felt whole hearted about the new traditions and values of their new land.
3. Four beliefs a person who practices cultural relativism would express when discussing Kimura’s suicide attempt are:
- Kimura had little or no other options after failing with her second marriage.
- Having failure in her marriage, Kimura has lost tremendous face which means she failed her customs and people.
- In Japan, suicide is considered an “honorable retreat from life before bringing shame on one’s family or community.”
- The emotional time between mother and child in Japan are so close that mothers don’t think of the child as an “other.” To abandon her children is unthinkable so she had no choice but to end their lives too.
4. When reading the Japanese case study I was deeply saddened that any mother would take the lives of her children just because her marriage failed. Having a failed marriage myself I...