Japan is heterogeneous and culturally diverse, both historically through ancient waves of immigration and in recent years due to its foreign relations and internationalization. However, Japan has socially, culturally, politically, and intellectually constructed a distinct and homogeneous identity. More recently, this identity construction has been rightfully questioned and challenged by Japan’s culturally diverse groups.
This book explores the discursive systems of cultural identities that regenerate the illusion of Japan as a homogeneous nation. Contributors from a variety of disciplines and methodological approaches investigate the ways in which Japan’s homogenizing discourses are challenged and modified by counter-homogeneous message systems. They examine the discursive push-and-pull between homogenizing and heterogenizing vectors, found in domestic and transnational contexts and mobilized by various identity politics, such as gender, sexuality, ethnicity, foreign status, nationality, multiculturalism, and internationalization. After offering a careful and critical analysis, the book calls for a complicating of Japan’s homogenizing discourses in nuanced and contextual ways, with an explicit goal of working towards a culturally diverse Japan.
Taking a critical intercultural communication perspective, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of Japanese Studies, Japanese Culture and Japanese Society.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Intercultural Communication in Japan
Satoshi Toyosaki and Shinsuke Eguchi
Part I: Gender, Sexuality, and the Body
- The Affective Politics of the Feminine: An Interpassive Analysis of Japanese Female Comedians
- "It’s a Wonderful Single Life.": Constructions and Representations of Female Singleness in Japan’s Contemporary Josei Dorama
- The Shifting Gender Landscape of Japanese Society
- Japanese Male-Queer Femininity: An Autoethnographic Reflection on Matsuko Deluxe as an Onē-Kei Talent
- Bleach in Color: Unpacking Gendered, Queered, and Raced Performances in Anime
- The Discursive Pushes and Pulls of J-pop and K-pop in Taiwan: Cultural Homogenization and Identity Co-Optation
- ‘Hating Korea’ (Kenkan) in Postcolonial Japan
- Japan’s Internationalization: A Dialectics of Orientalism and Hybridism
- Ishihara Shintaro’s Manga Moral Panic: The Homogenizing Rhetoric of Japanese Nationalism
- mixi and an Imagined Boundary of Japan
- Historicization of Cherry Blossoms: A Study of Japan’s Homogenizing Discourses
- Alternative vs. Conventional: Dialectic Relations of the Organic Agriculture Discourse
Sachi Sekimoto and Yusaku Yajima
Emi Kanemoto and Kristie Collins
Part II: Performance and Queerness
Part III: Inclusiveness and Otherness
Hsun-Yu (Sharon) Chuang
Satoshi Toyosaki and Eric Forbush
Part IV: Media and Movement
Lucy J. Miller
Part V: Environment and Movement
Saki Ichihara Fomsgaard
Satoshi Toyosaki is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, USA.
Shinsuke Eguchi is an Assistant Professor of Intercultural Communication in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of New Mexico, USA.