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.
|Title of host publication||Diva Nation|
|Subtitle of host publication||Female Icons from Japanese Cultural History|
|Editors||Laura Miller, Rebecca Copeland|
|Place of Publication||USA|
|Publisher||University of California Press|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 24 Jan 2019|