This week we are joined by Dr Forum Mithani, British Academy Post-doctoral Fellow at the School of Modern Languages at Cardiff University, to discuss her research on the role of nostalgia in shaping expectations of motherhood. I ask Forum about the seductive discourse of nostalgia, its popular manifestations in Japan today and how this has led to romantic yet unfeasible notions of how mothers should be based on a fictional notion of the past. Forum also relates her own experience of preparing to be a mother in Japan and how these expectations appeared in medical guidance as well as popular culture.
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[L] Entrance curtain of Furusato Sushi Restaurant by Victor Wong
[R] 2009-05-10母親節主日 by ILI_PCT_TW
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