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Under Another Sun: Japanese in Singapore
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Japanese as well as foreigners like to say that the Japanese are an "island people," uneasy about living overseas. But in today's global era, sojourns abroad are becoming a normal part of life for Japanese as for people elsewhere. Maybe the real displaced persons in Japan today are those who have never lived under another sun?
Created jointly by the Media Production Group, University of Illinois, with faculty from the Department of Japanese studies, National University of Singapore, Under Another Sun explores the tensions people feel between attachments to their homeland and their desires to be freed from the burdens of living at home. Taking Singapore as a case in point, the program profiles the activities of Japanese sojourners from several walks of life. The program also reports on shifts in the climate of sojourning across the 150-year history of Japanese involvement in Singapore.