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    Macalester College
  Feb 23, 2018
College Catalog 2017-2018

AMST 288 - Identity, Race, and Ethnicity in Japan

Cross-Listed as INTL 288  and JAPA 288  
From notions of the “pure self” to teenage ganguro (“face-blackening”), Japanese culture is rife with instances of ideology and performance that reflect a deep complexity in its engagement with issues of identity and foreignness. This course traces the roots of this complexity back to Japan’s beginnings as a modern nation and examines its cultural development into the present day. Works of fiction will be paired with readings in history and criticism to explore the meanings of identity, race, and ethnicity as they are expressed and contested in Japanese culture. The course will cover the literature of Korea and Taiwan, the experience of domestic minorities, and the contemporary cultures of cos-play (“costume-play”) and hip-hop. No prior knowledge of Japanese required. Alternate years. (4 Credits)