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Program Overview Photo above by Stuart Isett www. The program will run from May 17 through July This unique program is designed to introduce students to various aspects of Japanese popular culture, including the inter-related fields of art, music and design, and analyze their collective expression in mass media and youth subcultures.
Although courses focus particularly on contemporary popular culture, they are contextualized by broader perspectives on Japanese society and culture, with anthropological and sociological analyses of identity, media and contemporary social problems in mass society.
The courses are comparative in nature, and are informed by academic discourses on globalization the diffusion of cultural innovation in popular culture and the influence of popular culture, both in Japan and abroad.
Students also have the option of studying Japanese language as one of their courses, commensurate with their level of language proficiency, assuming the language course does not have a time conflict with other desired program courses. Students enroll in three of the courses offered, for a total of nine or ten credits.
Courses are taught by distinguished faculty and are conducted in English. Japanese language proficiency or previous Japan experience is not required. Because this program takes place during the regular summer session at TUJ, students also have the opportunity to participate in university-organized field trips and excursions that are of general interest to students of Japanese culture.
During the summer, the ICAS will produce a major academic conference devoted to popular culture, with prominent scholars and authorities participating and lecturing in the program courses.
Previous conferences aligned with course curricula have included: Courses Asian Studies Special Topics in Asian Studies I: Manga in Japanese Popular Culture 3 credits This interdisciplinary course offers a thematic study of manga, which are increasingly viewed as an established form of visual culture and constituting a global subculture.
The course deconstructs manga as textual artifacts of Japanese pop culture, drawing from the fields of history, art history, anthropology, sociology, literature and film.
During each class, a new issue related to manga is examined to give valuable insight into key aspects of Japanese culture. It is expected that students learn to make critical analysis of this literary genre through contextualizing its production as well as consumption in Japan and abroad.
Topics include the art historical origins of manga; the variety of manga characters, genres and their relation to social and technological development; the comics and rebellion of the s and s, and the birth of the otaku subculture; the relation of manga to computer games; and their adaptation in contemporary Japanese TV and cinema.
Anime in Japanese Popular Culture 3 credits The rich and varied world of Japanese anime animation has produced some of the most important cultural products to appear in Japan in the postwar period, and has established itself as a part of global popular culture.
Students are expected to critically examine the themes and representations in anime works in relation to the historical and socio-cultural contexts of postwar Japan, in order to gain insights into how and why it has gained global significance as a subculture. Topics to be covered include the historical development of the production and reception of anime, in relation to media, visual arts and technology; the themes, characters and representation in major works; and their symbolic meanings in the Japanese as well as global context.
Each class is based on close readings of specific anime, supported by texts, lectures, discussions, presentations, interviews with directors and background documentaries. The film culture of Tokyo offers students ample opportunity for exploration and study.
Problems in Sociocultural Anthropology: Students may not register for two Asian Studies courses in the same semester. This seminar examines contemporary popular culture, highlighting the representations and performative aspects of everyday lives in contemporary Japan.
The course looks at the global attraction of Japanese popular culture as well as how Western popular culture is 'localized,' focusing in particular on manga, anime, fashion, music, TV and sports. Students also critically consider the impact of mass media music, film, TV, cybercultures and innovative modes of communication, such as cell phones on youth globally as well as on Japanese society.
Visual representations of Japanese society and its emerging cultural diversity are also examined in relation to written representations and everyday reality. All of these topics are examined from the perspectives of gender, historical context, as well as symbolic meanings given to respective representations and practices.
Students are encouraged to reflect on their everyday experiences in Tokyo and to gain anaytical perspectives into their experiences throughout the course. Selected Topics in Sociology: Youth and Deviant Subcultures in Japan.
This seminar addresses the convergence of youth and popular culture, highlighting the performative aspects of youth subcultures in contemporary Japanese society. The course examines how youth and popular culture are situated in relation to mainstream institutions, and discusses how alternative modes of cultural interaction develop alongside and in opposition to the defining cultural values of mainstream society.
The course looks at the intensive communities of on-line cybculture and digital media networks; racial and political representation in Japanese Hip Hop and Punk music; the style subcultures of Goth[Lolita]; Cos-play and their subcultural networks; and examines how youth culture embodies and creates new forms of cultural innovation in these various realms.
In addition to examining the frontiers of evolving youth culture, the course contextualizes these novel subcultures by examining how Japanese society polices illicit behavior, using examples such as the Yakuza's role in society, sexuality, drug use and juvenile delinquency in the context of contemporary social change.
Students also examine how counter-cultural priorities are being articulated through emerging media and transglobal networks, leading to novel forms of mediated identities and practices that defy institutional control.
Taking advantage of TUJ's central-Tokyo location and association with popular culture networks in art, media and design, both courses include ethnographic site visits and lectures by noted authorities on Japanese popular culture. As one of the three courses, students may enroll in a Japanese language course at the appropriate level.
Course levels are confirmed by faculty assessment once students are in Japan. Japanese language courses typically offered include:Based at Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) in central Tokyo, the Summer Institute of Studies in Japanese Popular Culture is a program for undergraduates who wish to focus their academics on studies of Japanese popular culture.
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As such, modern references to the poem continue to appear in popular culture.