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Book Review – Pink Globalization

Yano, Christine.  Pink Globalization.  By Christine Yano. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2013.  Sayumi Takahashi Harb. Written in a breezy whirlwind of a conversational style, Christine R. Yano’s Pink Globalization offers the reader a panoramic view of the cultural and anthropological meanings behind Hello Kitty. Though it is not the […]

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Book Review – Hikikomori: Adolescence Without End

Saitō Tamaki. Hikikomori: Adolescence Without End. Trans. Jeffrey Angles.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013. Amy Borovoy The phenomenon of hikikomori, in which Japanese teenagers and young adults withdraw into their homes or their rooms, limiting contact with outsiders for six months or more, is in many ways mysterious. Is it a […]

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Book Review – Passionate Friendship: The Aesthetics of Girls’ Culture in Japan

Shamoon, Deborah. Passionate Friendship: The Aesthetics of Girls’ Culture in Japan. By Deborah Shamoon. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai’i Press, 2012. Sarah Frederick. Passionate Friendships takes an ambitiously broad look at 20th century girls’ culture, examining the shōjofrom Meiji literature to 1920s girls’ magazines to 1970s shōjo manga. She argues […]