Winter Book Club: Pure Invention: How Japan’s Pop Culture Conquered the World

Wednesday, January 26 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Online — Zoom

Join a community of readers interested in the Asia Pacific this winter!
We’ll provide the online link, moderator, and the community of fellow readers interested in learning more about the Asia Pacific region; all you need to bring is the book!
This book is available in e-book and print formats. The USF Library has also ordered the e-book.

This event is free and open to the USF community and the wider public. Registration required.
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Meeting 2: Pure Invention: How Japan’s Pop Culture Conquered the World by Matt Alt
Moderator: Melissa Dale, Ph.D., Executive Director and Associate Professor, Center for Asia Pacific Studies

About the Book:
“Japan is the forge of the world’s fantasies: karaoke and the Walkman, manga and anime, Pac-Man and Pokémon, online imageboards and emojis. But as Japan media veteran Matt Alt proves in this brilliant investigation, these novelties did more than entertain. They paved the way for our perplexing modern lives.
In the 1970s and ’80s, Japan seemed to exist in some near future, gliding on the superior technology of Sony and Toyota. Then a catastrophic 1990 stock-market crash ushered in the ‘lost decades’ of deep recession and social dysfunction. The end of the boom should have plunged Japan into irrelevance, but that’s precisely when its cultural clout soared—when, once again, Japan got to the future a little ahead of the rest of us.” Read more >>

This event is free and open to the USF community and the wider public. Registration required.
RSVP