Americanized or not? The Japanese Modern Mindset
How has Japan positioned itself towards the outside world? In the post-war period, Japan had to adjust to new realities such as the American occupation, the Cold War, and the US Japan Security Treaty. These new political and military frameworks, in which Japan was in an inferior position towards a superior America, have given rise to a discourse on the Americanization of Japanese society since 1945. Takashi Murakami also wrote his Superflat manifesto based on the notion that Japanese culture was Americanized during the post-war period.
In his lecture, Dr. Dick Stegewerns will analyze Japanese views on US, Europe, Asia and the national self. On this basis, he will problematize the pre-war/post-war divide in terms of identity, culture, etc. and the stress continuity from the start of the modern period in the late 19th century up until this very day.
Dr. Dick Stegewerns is Associate Professor at the University of Oslo, where he teaches courses on modern and contemporary Japanese history, international relations, politics, society, culture, and film. At present, he conducts research projects on post-war Japanese war films, interwar intellectual history, the visualization of Japanese history in popular culture, the dichotomy of Eastern and Western civilization, the Japanese film director Naruse Mikio, and a post-war global history of the Japanese fermented drink sake. He has been living in Japan for 16 years and has worked at European, Japanese and American universities.
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