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American Japan–Japanese America, review of Japanamerica: how Japanese pop culture has invaded the U.S

Zaborowski, Rafal (2008) American Japan–Japanese America, review of Japanamerica: how Japanese pop culture has invaded the U.S. Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies.

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Abstract

Roland Kelts raises two questions in the foreword to his book, Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded the U.S. Why has Japanese pop culture started to influence the culture of the US (rather than the reverse, which, Kelts would argue, has been the case in the past)? And why has this cultural influence emerged now? Despite posing these questions, Kelts seems less interested in finding definitive answers, preferring instead to give free rein to lengthy discussions on the various issues they raise. Kelts makes numerous attempts to tackle the problems partially, and in doing so relies on the insights of a large number of commentators. More often than not, though, by taking this approach, he abandons theoretical discourse in favor of extended conversations or personal testimonies. This is not necessarily a bad thing, however. Japanamerica's most original material consists of Kelts' interviews with a myriad of colorful characters—from animators and producers, through Japanese and Western scholars and critics, to casual fans from both sides of the Pacific.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.japanesestudies.org.uk/ejcjs/about/inde...
Additional Information: © 2008 The Author
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2017 16:48
Last Modified: 23 May 2021 23:10
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/84669

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