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Japanese Popular Culture Background & Chapters

These resources were developed by the Interdisciplinary Curriculum Development Team in coordination with the East Asian Studies Center at The Ohio State University to support teaching about Japanese popular culture and globalization in the classroom. Sources for material are focused on the Key Issues for Asian Studies series by the Association for Asian Studies by William M. Tsutsui, Japanese Popular Culture and Globalization.  Materials are designed for teachers to use in the classroom with minimal modification in the Take & Go Series: Japanese Popular Culture and Globalization.    



  1. Forms and Themes in Japanese Popular Culture

    1. Chapter 1 Slides (link)

    2. Chapter 1 Study Guide (pdf)

    3. Chapter 1 Study Guide (word)

  2. Sources of the Japanese Pop Imagination

    1. Chapter 2 Slides (link)

    2. Chapter 2 Study Guide (pdf)

    3. Chapter 2 Study Guide (word)

  3. The Global Appeal of Japanese Popular Culture

    1. Chapter 3 Slides (link)

    2. Chapter 3 Study Guide (pdf)

    3. Chapter 3 Study Guide (word)

  4. Lost in Translation? Adapting Japanese Popular Culture for Global Audiences

    1. Chapter 4 Slides (link)

    2. Chapter 4 Study Guide (pdf)

    3. Chapter 4 Study Guide (word)

  5. Japan as Soft Superpower

    1. Chapter 5 Slides (link)

    2. Chapter 5 Study Guide (pdf)

    3. Chapter 5 Study Guide (word)

Source: Tsutsui, William M. (2010). Japanese Popular Culture and Globalization (Ser. Key Issues in Asian Studies). Association for Asian Studies. 

This project was funded in part by the Freeman Foundation through the University of Pittsburgh national coordinating site for the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) Asian Studies Center, University Center for International Studies, and the U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center grant to the East Asian Studies Center at The Ohio State University. The content of this resource guide does not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

This guide is available online for classroom use worldwide and can be accessed at EASC's Resource page

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