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For centuries the Japanese used their language as a barrier to prevent nonJapanese from learning about the inner workings of Japanese society and to ward off foreign influence. In fact, for a long period in Japan's history the teaching of Japanese to foreigners was a serious crime against the state. In this enlightening work, renowned Japanologist Boye Lafayette De Mente discusses how the psychology of the social and political syatem that evolved over the centuries became imbued in and expressed by the language to a degree seldom seen in other cultures.
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This useful text contains 230 Japanese expressions known to every Japanese, cross referencing of entries by thematic groupings, and a 14-entry set of introductory readings, designed to offer a broad cultural overview of Japan.About the Author:
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Book Description McGraw-Hill, 1996. Paperback. Condition: New. 1. Seller Inventory # DADAX0844283150
Book Description McGraw-Hill. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0844283150 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW33.3794587