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Japanese Media and Global Culture
Based at Temple University, Japan Campus, the Japanese Media and Global Culture program introduces students to various aspects of Japanese society and culture through the vehicle of different media: television, magazines, music, anime, manga, and film. Each medium is taken as a starting point to discuss important dimensions of Japanese culture, its history, and Japan’s relationship to the rest of the world. Major themes addressed throughout the program include race, ethnicity and gender dynamics in Japan, the construction of Japanese national/cultural identity, Japan’s position in a global context (as it relates both to “the West” and to the rest of Asia), and its involvement in processes of transnational cultural exchange. The program considers these dynamics from multiple perspectives and angles—the impact of the “Korean wave” on Japanese media consumers, anime’s long history of cultural influence in France, Japanese hip hop’s parallels with its Turkish counterpart—aimed at destabilizing common dichotomies and stereotypes. Students are also encouraged to reflect more broadly on the concept of culture, what it means, how it evolves and how our cultural context influences who we are.
In an age of converged global communication, students in all majors must learn to understand and effectively handle cultural differences in order to be professionally successful. This course provides them with both the intellectual skills and knowledge (through field trips, discussions and readings) and the practical tools (through cultural immersion, interviewing and writing) to successfully compete in an increasingly globalized world. More specifically, the course:
Undergraduate students will register for a total of 6 credits, choosing one of the course options below:
Graduate students will register for Journalism 5890: Seminar in Communications Abroad (6 credits).
Throughout the program students will be asked to contribute to an ongoing blog focused on the week’s theme. Students can decide to explore these themes through photography, video and/or the written word. Students will also have the opportunity to create a more comprehensive final project exploring one aspect of Japanese popular culture.
Temple undergraduate students who successfully complete this program automatically satisfy the World Society (GG) requirement of GenEd.
The program focuses on experiential learning and includes fieldtrips to museums such as the Edo-Tokyo Museum and the Ghibli Museum; television studios such as Asahi or Fuji-TV; and numerous cultural sites. Students will also attend a Sumo wrestling match, Kabuki theater, and a Japanese traditional culture workshop introducing them to tea ceremony, flower arrangement, Koto playing and calligraphy.
Guest speakers will be invited to address the students. Possible guest speakers include:
Iwabuchi Koichi, author of Recentering Globalization: Popular Culture and Japanese Transnationalism; Ian Condry, author of Hip-Hop Japan: Rap and the paths of cultural globalization; and industry professionals such as media executives, producers and journalists.
TUJ's Office of Student Services also organizes optional field trips and excursions each summer. These may include outings to festivals, museums, and sporting events.
Dr. Darling-Wolf is an associate professor in the Journalism Department and the Mass Media and Communication doctoral program in the School of Media and Communication. Her research focuses on global media flows and processes of transnational cultural influence with a particular interest on Japan and Europe. Originally from France, she has conducted research on the Japanese media for more than 15 years and has lived in Japan at several points in time. Her upcoming book Imagining the Global: Transnational Media and Popular Culture Beyond East and West (Michigan University Press) explores historical and contemporary dynamics of popular cultural exchange between the United States, France, and Japan.
All estimated costs are subject to change. They should be used as a guideline only. Accepted students will receive detailed cost information as soon as it is available after the application deadline.
*Per university policy, Temple students who are considered “upper division” are charged additional tuition ($21 per credit) in the summer. “Upper division” is defined as an undergraduate student with a minimum of 60 earned credits, regardless of how obtained. This policy does not affect non-Temple students.
**The Japanese Media and Global Culture Program Fee includes housing and some field trip activities. Please note that this fee is an estimate and will be updated.
Students are highly encouraged to bring a laptop or a tablet to Japan for coursework.
In addition to the items above, students should budget money for travel outside of Tokyo and any additional personal expenses.
Dates are tentative and subject to change.
Please see Temple Japan Information to read about Tokyo, TUJ's campus, and housing.
Please see General Summer Information to read about pre-departure information and orientation; passports and visas; scholarships; costs and payment policies; accreditation; and transfer of credits.
Please see Eligibility and Application Procedures for program eligibility, application requirements, and application procedures that apply to all summer programs.
For additional information, please contact Dr. Fabienne Darling-Wolf, Department of Journalism, School of Media and Communication, Temple University: firstname.lastname@example.org, 215-204-2077.
Education Abroad: email@example.com, 215-204-0720.