By Keiko Ikeda
The highschool reunion happens in the course of the usa and cuts throughout variations in age, locality, and ethnicity. This well known occasion is usually regarded as a light-hearted social celebration or an workout in nostalgia that has little different importance within the lives of its individuals. Drawing on candid own narratives derived from reunions starting from the 5th to the 50th, this pathbreaking research demonstrates, even if, that for plenty of american citizens the highschool reunion is a wealthy and sometimes poignant event. Of specific curiosity is the truth that this ethnographic examine used to be performed via a eastern anthropologist proficient within the usa, who deals a comparative viewpoint on excessive faculties within the nations. excessive colleges serve very diversified social reasons in Japan and the U.S., and the methods humans within the international locations view their highschool years vary consequently. the writer examines the yankee highschool reunion as a dramatic scene within the building of self and that means in maturity. through the highschool reunion, american citizens are thrown right into a room filled with mirrors within which they're faced via diverse visions of themselves. There they see photos in their highschool selves filtered in the course of the lighting fixtures and shadows forged via classmates’ thoughts and projected opposed to the backdrop created via the lives of these classmates at the moment. via an research of the a number of reflections of self that emerge in the course of reunions, the writer indicates how reunions find the money for humans an party on which to reevaluate their very own stories and arrive at a brand new figuring out of self. the yank highschool reunion hence offers contributors with a sequence of self-perceptions from which they could build new narratives in their personal lives.
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High school metaphors are unique in their ability to relate two temporal, experiential dimensionsthe present and one's high school years. In metaphorical movement (Burke 1945), Americans see high school from the vantage point of adulthood, and adulthood from the vantage point of high Page 16 school. For example, the popular newspaper columnist Erma Bombeck characterized her return to her alma mater to receive an honorary doctorate as being similar to a cheerleader tryout. She writes: As I stood up to make my acceptance speech, it all came back.
Critical comments he made throughout the process of writing were indispensable in shaping the interpretation I offer. My gratitude also goes to my parents in Japan, Shiro and Hisae Ikeda, for their unfaltering support from afar. Page x Most of all, I thank all the American people who allowed me to participate in their class reunions and shared with me their valuable experiences. Without their cooperation, this book would never have taken form outside my imagination. The fieldwork portion of this work was supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and the University of Illinois Graduate College.
The common fantasy of reliving high school experiences armed with adult hindsight becomes a reality for her, and she is given the opportunity to reconsider whether or not to commit herself to the boy who would later be her husband. In Superman III, Clark Kent goes back to his Class of '65 reunion in Smallville, ostensibly to write a story for the Daily Planet. But the real purpose of his return is to find the object of his unrequited love from high school. On discovering that his beloved high school queen has divorced her football-player husband, who turns out to be an insular, alcoholic chauvinist, Clark Kent rekindles his romantic friendship with her.
A Room Full of Mirrors: High School Reunions in Middle America by Keiko Ikeda