Week 1- "Japan" and "The Japanese" stereotypes
Week 1- "Japan" and "The Japanese" stereotypes ANTH 1784
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Maria Ariza on Monday September 7, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to ANTH 1784 at University of Pittsburgh taught by Gabriella Lukacs in Spring 2015. Since its upload, it has received 38 views. For similar materials see Japanese Society in anthropology, evolution, sphr at University of Pittsburgh.
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Week 1 Japan and The Japanese stereotypes gt History in a nutshell O O O 0 Isolated for 250 years from the outside world 1854 Commodore Perry s black ships opened Japan s ports There was a rapid industrialization Japanese imperium from 1933 Japan had a quick recovery from their loss in World War II gt Geography Economy and Religion gt gt gt gt gt O O O 0 Area about the size of the state of California However arable land is about 12 Common natural disasters volcanoes earthquakes tsunamis and typhoons The idea of a hierarchy is a way to control over population since only 12 of the land is liveable Population Half the size of the US population I Think about this they have half about half the people that live in the US but only 12 of one of the fifty states 39 99 of the population is of Japanese ethnicity Life expectancy Highest in the world Males about 7786 years and females at around 8481 years Aging Society birthday is extremely low decreasing of children Usually women are oversexualized and the men are seen as violent This idea that Japan is still isolated creates for Hollywood movies portraying only geishas and samurais Usually said that the Japanese are the complete OPPOSITE as opposed to simply DIFFERENT Definition of culture 0 0 We learn certain behaviors and ideals that unite us as members of a particular culture Ex slurping soup Culture is a means of adaptation Ex Japanese cities are overcrowded therefore people are well aware of social status The Politics of Representation EuroAmerican portrayals of Japan enact power relations between Japan and the West In the context of war western culture portrays the Japanese as predictable and therefore manageable Ruth Benedict O O O Ethnography in the context of war exception Couldn t travel to Japan The Japanese look full of contradictions but all pieces find their place in the puzzle Central trope Chrysanthemum and the sword