Design Cultures Live: Dress, Identity & the Designscape

“My Kitchen – My Self” is a portrait of Azusa Yasui – a modern Japanese woman, emphasized on her experience in attiring as a home-based medical secretary. However, having lived abroad for over fifteen years, for Azusa, it was never the question of “what to wear”, but rather the question of “who she is”. In the Japanese society, women often face the dilemma of desiring to become independent or complying with the gender expectation of good housewife and wise mother. Would she break this social norm, or would she conform to it by being an independent housewife in her kitchen?

Interviewed & Filmed: Trieu Ngoc
Music: “Mad Summer” by Joe Hisaishi

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