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Class Schedule Listing - 2024 Summer I (Jul 17, 2024)


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Japanese Popular Culture: Debates and Controversies - 13929 - ASST 2000 - 750
Topical Course Description: Over the past few decades, Japanese popular culture has attracted unprecedented notice around the world. Manga and anime, of course, but attention is also being paid to Japanese snacks, idols, television dramas, novels, and films—inspiring their fans to learn the Japanese language. In this course we will peer behind the scenes of popular culture while looking at contested creative and political issues that shape it. For example, is the term “otaku” pejorative? How has Japanese music been a battleground for linguistic discussions? Might Pikachu be able to bring regional peace in Asia? Should idols get to date? Does it make sense for the government to invest in kimono exports if the attire is protested abroad as cultural appropriation? Was The Tale of Genji really Japan’s first novel? Do Japanese color words make the country’s roads dangerous? Can comedians joke about the country’s politics on TV? Are “weird Japan” media portrayals an offshoot of the “Cool Japan” phenomenon? Does anime decrease the country’s birthrate? Should game designers adhere to social values of the West? How do words like “ai” or “love” that enter Japan’s lexicon from foreign translation continue to shape domestic culture?

Associated Term: 2024 Summer I
Registration Dates: Mar 24, 2024 to May 30, 2024
Registration Levels: Graduate, NonDegree Continuing Undergrad, Undergraduate

Japan Campus
Base Lecture Schedule Type
Online - no scheduled meetings Instructional Method
Credit Hours: 3.000

Seats Available: 4

Scheduled Meeting Times
Type Time Days Where Date Range Schedule Type Instructors
Online course activity TBA   TBA May 27, 2024 - Jul 31, 2024 Base Lecture Matthew Richard Chozick (P)E-mail

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