The media as resources in the identity quest?. Sexuality, Body Image, Consumerism Power, Technology and Aggression Nationality, Ethnicity, and Class. Globalization, Immigration, and Social Diversity .
at Simon Fraser University, March 31, 2005
Suppression of “others”
Solidify the self-other binary opposition
Limitation of Disney power
What are signifiers and signified…?
“If you are the parent of an American child, then you may well have noticed how Japanese our kid culture has become. No set of image has dominated childish desires quite so handily over the last five years or so as the amalgams of cuteness and power in the Japanese-made cartoons…” (New York Times,
December 15, 2002)
“Japanese animators look on the other side of mirror, America” (Oshii 1996: 78)
“Before the Japanese came into contact with Westerners, they depicted themselves with Asian features and often smaller than life eyes. After the war however, standards of beauty that many Japanese aspired to has been those of the West. Girl comics of the post-war began to depict characters with the round eyes, long leggy look of fashion models of Paris and New York.”
(Lu 1999 “Anime vs cartoons- A look at cultural identity”)
(Lu 1999 “Anime vs cartoons”)
(bell hooks 1995: 29)
representation of Japanese superiority?
Vivid color plates, screens: Are these Japanese or “other” Asian?
(2) Intensification of cultural hybridity in anime text
(3) Miyazaki’s anime: