Research and

Reviews and


Curriculum Vitae

The Too-Good Wife




Amy Borovoy
Associate Professor of East Asian Studies
Princeton University

Book Reviews and DVD Reviews
“Saitō Tamaki, Hikikomori: Adolescence Without End [translation of Shakaiteki Hikikomori, 1998] (University of Minnesota Press),” Mechademia, 12/2013 (review)
“Katsunori Kondo, Health Inequalities in Japan: An Empirical Study of Older People (TransPacific Press),” Journal of Japanese Studies, 38(2): 502-507, 2012 (review)
"David Plath, director. Can't Go Native? (DVD), Media Production Group, Asian Educational Media Service, 2010." American Anthropologist, 114(1): 152-153, 2012 (review)
"Kazuhiro Soda, director. Seishin (Mental) (DVD), Laboratory X, 2008." Japanese Studies 31(1): 135-136, May 2011 (review)
"Akiko Hashimoto and John W. Traphagan, eds. Imagined Families, Lived Families: Culture and Kinship in Contemporary Japan. (State University of New York Press)," Pacific Affairs, 83(4), December 2010
"Sabine Fruhstuck, Uneasy Warriors: Gender, Memory, and Popular Culture in the Japanese Army (University of California Press)," Journal of Japanese Studies 35(2): 455-460, 2009 (pdf)
"Miyako Inoue, Vicarious Language: Gender and Linguistic Modernity in Japan (University of California Press)," American Ethnologist 36(2): 410-412, May 2009 (html)
"Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney, Kamikaze Diaries: Reflections of Japanese Student Soldiers (University of Chicago Press)," American Anthropologist 109(4): 774-775, December 2007 (pdf)
"Gail Lee Bernstein, Isami's House: Three Centuries of a Japanese Family (University of California Press)," Journal of Asian History 41(2): 207-208, 2007
"Takie Sugiyama Lebra, The Japanese Self in Cultural Logic (University of Hawai'i Press)," Anthropological Quarterly 78(4): 1017-1023, Fall 2005 (pdf)
"Merry Isaacs White, Perfectly Japanese: Making Families in an Era of Upheaval (University of California Press)," Monumenta Nipponica 58(2): 198-200, summer 2003 (pdf)
"Daniel Touro Linger, No One Home: Brazilian Selves Remade in Japan (Stanford University Press)," American Anthropologist 105(1): 198-200, March 2003 (pdf)
"Karen Kelsky, Women on the Verge: Japanese Women, Western Dreams (Duke University Press)," American Ethnologist 29(4): 1035-1037, November 2002 (pdf)

Essays and Comments
"West Windsor Film Festival, comments on Yōjirō Takita’s “Departures [Okuribito],” January 11, 2013 (pdf)
"Beyond Choice: A New Framework for Abortion?" Dissent Magazine, Fall 2011
Each year I teach a class called "Mind, Body, and Bioethics in Japan" to a group of Princeton undergraduates made up of students drawn to ethical dilemmas-aspiring doctors, scientists, and lawyers. The class departs from typical approaches to bioethics. Instead of attempting to arrive logically at the "right" or "best" answer to the human dilemmas posed by modern medicine, we take an anthropological approach, asking how the dilemmas themselves are shaped by and understood through the context of culture. (article)
Annual Meetings for the American Council of Learned Societies, Reports from Charles Ryskamp Fellows, Montreal May 10-12, 2007
"Back to Culture! Anthropology in the Wake of Said, Clifford, and Anti-Relativism" (pdf)