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On Another Playground: Japanese Popular Culture in America
First there was American-style "coca-colonization," now it's Soft Power: Japan's talent for infusing items from its modern popular culture into countries and lifestyles around the globe.
A conference hosted by the American Studies program at Doshisha University in Kyoto explored recent trends in the spread of things Japanese into everyday life in the United States. Highlighting the conference were three detailed case studies presented by noted American anthropologists: Theodore Bestor (Harvard University) on sushi, William Kelly (Yale University) on baseball, and Christine Yano (University of Hawai'i, Manoa) on Hello Kitty.
All three reports are now available on this DVD in the form of richly illustrated and professionally filmed public lectures. Each lecture is divided by topic for ease of use in the classroom.
Each presentation lasts about 50 minutes.
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