The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 18, 1986 · Page 7
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The Salina Journal Saturday, January 18,1986 Page? Census Bureau not 'nosy* Dear Ann Landers: You've printed letters in defense of waitresses, firefighters, salesclerks and secretaries. May I tell my story? I'm a Census Bureau interviewer. I've been cursed, had doors slammed in my face and telephone receivers banged in my ear. People call me "nosy" and refuse to answer questions concerning jobs, family income, etc. They think the government is spying on them. The Census Bureau works for the people. We interview selected addresses to get a good cross-section of America. We don't know or care who these people are. Our statistics show only that two white retired people over 65 are living in a house 50 years old on a combined income of less than $5,000 per year. We interview these people eight times over a period of 16 months to see what changes have taken place during that time. Maybe she has become widowed and is forced to look for part-time work. We want to know this. When you read that 53 percent of mothers with school-age children are in the labor force, it came from Census Bureau data. ~ We gather statistics on median income, single-parent families and Ann Landers NEWS AMERICA the influx of Spanish-speaking people in the United States. When you hear that the average family has 2.2 children and both parents have to work, it comes from the Census Bureau. We report on the number of people who have stopped looking for work because they are discouraged, and what effect education has on earning power. With these statistics and others, the Census Bureau takes the pulse of America. It is the best way to find out in which direction our country is heading. Census Bureau employees are not "nosy." We are sworn not to reveal any information except to other sworn Census employees. The information can be used for statistical purposes only. Violation of the oath is punishable by fine and imprisonment. No one — including the FBI, the CIA and the IRS — is allowed Geisha practice art form access to the Census Bureau files. So, please, the next time I call on you, don't attack me. I'm working for a living just like you. — N.T., Cincinnati Dear Cln: Thanks for a letter that should make life easier for you and your colleagues. Glad you wrote. Dear Ann Landers: I have never seen my problem addressed in your column. Can you help me? I'm a woman who attracts psychologically disturbed men. Every man I have dated in the past two years has been depressed, troubled or suicidal. Several women have written about relationships with men who use them, abuse them, live off them and so on. Your answer is always the same—seek professional help. Well, my problem is different. In reality I am not attracted to these men. They are attracted to me. I'm in my mid-20s, well-educated, professional, average-looking, and have an outgoing personality. What's the solution, Ann? — Looking for an Upbeat Relationship Dear Looking: Be less passive about the men you choose to spend time with. Go after men you enjoy and say no to those you sense are trying to latch on to you. In other words, do the choosing — don't get "chosen." By The Associated Press KYOTO, Japan — When Stanford University student Lisa Crihfield posed as a geisha in Japan to research her anthropplogy dissertation, she hardly expected that her book, "Geisha," would sell over 20,000 copies, or that CBS would woo her for the film rights. Now, 10 years later, she's back in Kyoto, not to pour sake and smile for the Japanese elite, but to serve as a consultant on the television movie being made about her romance behind the paper screens. The 26-year-old Crihfield, now Dalby, is convinced geisha offer a glimpse into the true spirit of this country that rose from postwar pov- - erty to economic supremacy. "To understand geisha, you've got " to understand Japanese attitudes on : male-female relations, hierarchy, I : sense of humor, and respect for tra: dition," she said. Though a quintessential symbol of Japan, geisha suffer from a false image abroad and at home. Many Westerners assume they're simpering slaves — "which tells more about Western men's fantasies than about geisha," says Dalby — and even many Japanese think they're prostitutes. In Dalby's eyes, geisha are Japan's unsung liberated women: They may fan egos at parties to earn their keep, but what truly supports them is music, dance, and their view of themselves as artists. "The teahouse is the one place here where women run things and don't rely on husbands to support them," she said. "They're entrepreneurs who form a tight sisterhood based on a deep commitment to the traditional arts." Like many maiko, aspiring geisha who begin a grueling apprenticeship at age 17, Dalby was first drawn to the "willow world" profession by her love of the lute. Catering to politicians, company presidents, and Kabuki actors who could afford the price of such status entertainment, Dalby saw sides of Japan's powerbrokers few foreigners ever do. "Japanese men get so silly when they're drunk it can be shocking to American sensibilities," she notes. "But there's something exuberant about their boyishness as an antidote to the formalities of everyday life." Dalby feels she's grown up since then, and revisiting old haunts with a husband, two sons, and a third book on the way makes her keenly aware of what others may miss. "Most are looking for intimacy with a man, and hope for a steady patron, but breaking up a marriage is considered very bad form." OFADIFFERENTFLAVOB! (Write to Ann Landers in care of News America Syndicate, 1703 Kaiser Avenue, Irvine, Calif. 92714.) 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