Communal house

Democracy “Ritang, take the baby,” says Grandmother. She goes to sit in front of her old rotting house and starts weaving pandanu leaves. Her own house badly needs repairs, but the leaves she weaves this morning are for the maneaba, the village’s large meeting house, where all decisions are made, in the presence of the elders. 10 am – Bakea goes to the maneaba with her neighbour, both women pulling their piece of leaf work for the roof repairs. [...]

By |2017-06-20T14:30:08-04:00October 25th, 2012|Blog, Families of the world|Comments Off on Communal house


   Back in 1986, in the Matsuo family…   Takako,  feels responsible for her children’s future, and she measures her worth by their success.  She believes her nurturing and encouraging them will instil in her children the confidence and self-worth necessary to survive the rigors of their educational life.   That day, at 7h30, after dinner, Takako removes the cover from the bathtub.  The water she ran one hour before is still hot.  After she and the two children shower, they [...]

By |2017-01-27T10:23:35-05:00March 19th, 2011|Blog, Families of the world|Comments Off on Yokohama
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