This course examines foreign (primarily Anglo-American) views of Japan, both contemporary and historical. Materials used and discussed range from Hollywood films to academic works by Ivy League professors. Knowing the common and often highly distorted images of Japan and the Japanese, both positive and negative, presented in foreign mass media and popular culture is important to both Japanese and foreign students. These images have been and continue to be significant in Japan's diplomatic and economic relations with other countries. Moreover, the mechanisms that distort the foreign view of Japan also work to distort the Japanese view of foreign countries. Teaching students how to recognize distorted images of foreign countries and peoples is a major goal of this course.
Lectures supplemented by visual materials including extracts from Hollywood films and contemporary television news coverage. Students who are unsure of their English comprehension should feel free to record the lectures or ask questions in Japanese.
One 90-minute class per week
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