Autoethnography as a Praxis of Social Justice

Three Ontological Contexts

Authored by: Satoshi Toyosaki , Sandra L. Pensoneau-Conway

Handbook of Autoethnography

Print publication date:  April  2013
Online publication date:  May  2016

Print ISBN: 9781598746006
eBook ISBN: 9781315427812
Adobe ISBN: 9781315427805


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My mother and I talk quite a lot on the phone. She is in Japan, and I am here in the United States. In 1993, she had to become a mother of an international student. She had to learn alphabets and their correct arrangements in order to mail letters to her son. She is a junior high school graduate. Her father did not allow her to go to high school. As a girl, he thought she needed to learn how to knit and tailor clothes instead of tailor alphabets (Toyosaki, 2007). Nowadays, she listens to and watches international news, worrying about and wishing for my wellbeing in the United States. When a tornado hits near where I live, she calls to make sure I am OK. Many times, she informs me about what is going on in the world—perished young lives of soldiers in various conflicts, natural disasters and their recovery efforts (or lack thereof), deaths of innocent children, and so on.

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