The Accidental Office Lady (英語) ペーパーバック – 2011/10/14
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A young woman with a new degree in Japanese studies and plenty of youthful idealism and can-do spirit accepts a job as the first American trainee at Honda's headquarters in Tokyo. Her image of Japanese corporate life is dramatically challenged on her first day at work when she is issued a blue polyester uniform—a uniform worn only by women!
From menial beginnings serving tea to executives and cleaning the boss's desk, to a stint in public relations, to developing training classes for Japanese associates going to America, Laura Kriska recounts her struggle to adapt to—and ultimately thrive in—the culture of a traditional Japanese company. Shortly before her departure, she travels full circle by introducing a successful campaign to make women's uniforms optional.
Now with a new foreword by the author, The Accidental Office Lady is a vivid and valuable firsthand account not only of corporate Japan and the gender inequality that persists within it, but of an outsider's successful attempt to work within cultural boundaries to affect organizational change.
"…an entertaining cross–cultural memoir." —Publishers Weekly
"…THe Accidental Office Lady, is an informative…account of what it was like to be the first American woman ever employed at Honda Motor Co. headquarters." —BusinessWeek.com
"…a revealing portrait of the corporate culture that reflects, and defines, Japan." —New York Times On The Web
"Laura Kriska's lively and invaluable story underlines the simple truth that making the world better starts with a fundamental respect for the way other people live. —Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea and Stones Into Schools
"The Accidental Office Lady: An American Woman in Corporate Japan, originally published in 1998 and recently rereleased with a new foreword by the author, is her story. The book is a testament to the fact that it is possible to thrive in even the m
"This book resonated with me because it largely mirrored the experiences I had working in a Japanese office in the early 1980s. I could completely relate to the author's loneliness and frustration, as well as the way her experiences changed her, helped he
I wish she had a few more books out there - it was hard to put this one down!
The book itself is entertaining once you get past the snotty subtext and the errors in reference to American culture (she claims to have been a fan of the "Little Hosue on the Prairie" series as a child, yet the author's name is misspelled in this book).