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U.S.-Japan Relations and Japan in U.S. Pop Culture (Saturday, October 15, 2022)

What binds the U.S. and Japan together in 2022? Where are the points of friction? How is Japan changing and what does that mean for the region and world? How do Japanese and Americans view each other? What images of Japan have been prevalent on American television? Educators are encouraged to join us in person or via Zoom for this complimentary workshop focusing on Japan today. Sponsored by the USC U.S.-China Institute, the Japan Society and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia.


Workshop: USC and Zoom, 9 am - 12:30 pm Pacific Time



Educators are invited to join our workshop focusing on the evolving U.S.-Japan relationship and on trends in Japanese society. The workshop will include presentations and discussion with Japan specialists and brainstorming on how the ideas examined might be brought to life in K-12 classrooms. Parking, refreshments and lunch will be provided those who join in person. Those attending in person or via Zoom will all receive relevant articles and additonal materials. Sign up via the form below.


Yūichi HOSOYA 細谷雄一, Keio University

Professor Hosoya teaches international politics and is managing director of the Asia-Pacific Initiative, a Japanese think tank and exchange platform. He served as a government advisor for many years (e.g., National Security Council advisory board) and has been a visiting professor at Sciences-Po in Paris and a fellow at Princeton University and Cambridge University. Prof. Hosoya's recent books in English include History, Memory and Politics in Postwar Japan (co-editor, 2020) and Security Politics in Japan: Legislation for a New Security Environment (2019).

Alisa Freedman, University of Oregon

Alisa Freedman is professor of Japanese literature, cultural studies and gender. She's the author of a number of books, including Japan on American TV: Screaming Samurai Join Anime Clubs in the Land of the Lost (2021) and Tokyo in Transit: Japanese Culture on the Rails and Road (2010). Her co-edited textbook, Introducing Japanese Popular Culture came out in 2017. She's co-edited other collections and in 2005 published her annotated translation of Yasunari Kawabata's The Scarlet Gang of Asakusa (2005). Prof. Freedman's received two university wide awards as a mentor and instructor. She edits the U.S.-Japan Women's Journal

This workshop is a partnership of the USC U.S.-China Institute and the Japan Society in cooperation with the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia.

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