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Who Are the Japanese? An Ethnographic Overview

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April 22, 6am EDT / 7pm JST


Please join the Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS) for the first event of their new webinar series Getting to Know Japan. YCAPS will deliver weekly webinars that will feature introductory-level lectures on a variety of topics related to Japanese culture and society. In this webinar, Dr. Kyle Cleveland (Temple University Japan) will deliver an overview of who the Japanese are as an ethnic community, how their culture emerged, and how they differ from their neighbors.

This event will be off-the-record. Questions are encouraged. It will not be recorded. The event is free, but registration is required.

Click here to register. Visit the YCAPS website to learn more.

This webinar series is supported through the CGP Salary Assistant Grant for U.S.-Japan Community Grassroots Exchange Program.


Dr. Kyle Cleveland is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Temple University’s Japan Campus (TUJ), where he is Faculty Director of Study Abroad and Honors Programming. Associate Professor Cleveland’s research interests focus on Japanese popular culture and ethnic identity in relation to globalization and social changes in contemporary Japan. Associate Professor Cleveland supervises both American based university students on short-term study abroad, and locally enrolled students with long-term visa sponsorship who study at TUJ. As the founding Director of TUJ’s Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies, he has supervised special programs in Japanese popular culture and visual media studies, organized a lecture series, and produced events and symposia related to contemporary political issues. Through the Wakai Project, he organizes a series of events in which students from various universities, scholars, activists, and media collaborate to address how globalization is affecting youth culture in Japan.

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