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Millennial Monsters Japanese Toys and the Global Imagination

ISBN-10: 0520245652
ISBN-13: 9780520245655
Edition: 2006
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Description: From sushi and karaoke to martial arts and technoware, the currency of made-in-Japan cultural goods has skyrocketed in the global marketplace during the past decade. The globalization of Japanese "cool" is led by youth products: video games, manga  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/30/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.06" wide x 8.90" long x 0.82" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

From sushi and karaoke to martial arts and technoware, the currency of made-in-Japan cultural goods has skyrocketed in the global marketplace during the past decade. The globalization of Japanese "cool" is led by youth products: video games, manga (comic books), anime (animation), and cute characters that have fostered kid crazes from Hong Kong to Canada. Examining the crossover traffic between Japan and the United States, Millennial Monsters explores the global popularity of Japanese youth goods today while it questions the make-up of the fantasies and the capitalistic conditions of the play involved. Arguing that part of the appeal of such dream worlds is the polymorphous perversity with which they scramble identity and character, the author traces the postindustrial milieu from which such fantasies have arisen in postwar Japan and been popularly received in the United States.

Anne Allison is the Robert O. Keohane Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Professor of Women's Studies at Duke University.

Timothy J. Motley is associate professor in the Collum Program for Molecular Systematics at The New York Botanical Garden.Nyree Zerega is the director of the Plant Biology and Conservation Program at Northwestern University and the Chicago Botanic Garden.Hugh Cross is a postdoctoral researcher at the National Herbarium of the Netherlands, Leiden University.

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