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Japanese Popular Culture: Standards

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.  


  •  Contemporary World Issues
    • Contemporary World Issues - Technology 14 The development and use of technology influences economic, political, ethical, and social issues. 
  • Modern World History
    • Modern World History: Globalization 26 - Emerging economic powers and improvements in technology have created a more interdependent global economy.
  • CCSS
    • CCSS.ELA  Literature, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas - RL.8.9: Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works, including describing how the material is rendered new.
    • ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.3. Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them.
    • ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.3. Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7 Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
    • Writing in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects: 9-10.1b Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content. B. Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence. 
  • NCSS: The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards: Guidance for Enhancing the Rigor of K-12 Civics, Economics, Geography, and History (Silver Spring, MD: NCSS, 2013).
    • D2.His.1.9-12. Evaluate how historical events and developments were shaped by unique circumstances of time and place as well as broader historical contexts
    • D1.2.9-12. Explain points of agreement and disagreement experts have about interpretations and applications of disciplinary concepts and ideas associated with a compelling question.
    • D2.Geo.2.9-12. Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions and their political, cultural, and economic dynamics.
  • Ohio Social Studies Standards
    • TOPIC: GLOBALIZATION The modern world is said to be “shrinking” or “flattening” through the processes of globalization. CONTENT STATEMENT 17. Globalization has shaped new cultural, economic, and political ideas and entities.
    • Ohio 6th Grade Content Statement 7: Political, environmental, social, and economic factors cause people, products, and ideas to move from place to place in the Eastern Hemisphere in the past and today. 
    • Ohio 5th Grade Content Statement 9. Political, environmental, social and economic factors cause people, products and ideas to move from place to place in the Western Hemisphere and results in diversity.
  • National Economics Standards
    • Trade and International Economics: Standard 5, Trade, Exchange and Interdependence
    • Trade and International Economics: Standard 6 Specialization and Trade

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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