Ice Princess: Asada Mao the Demure Diva

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Asada Mao’s life recounts a dramatic narrative of suffering and triumph. It follows a girl considered beautiful and her meteoric rise to skating stardom; a period of hardships she confronts tacitly; and the performance of her life at the 2014 Olympics that touches many around the world. This chapter reconsiders Asada’s public persona of a diligent athlete, the good girl-next-door who speaks with a smile. Asada seems to embody an ideal Japanese young womanhood. Behind this innocent persona, however, is a strong woman, with a fierce commitment to her professional performance and audiences, and a skilful way of concealing her personal life from the public eye. This chapter argues that Asada is a diva who captures the heart of people with her extraordinary looks, artistry, and athletic talents, a diva whose spectacular performances and risk-taking behaviours always excite audiences, and whose good-girl persona may be her greatest performance of all.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiva Nation
Subtitle of host publicationFemale Icons from Japanese Cultural History
EditorsLaura Miller, Rebecca Copeland
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherUniversity of California Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9780520297739
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes


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