Cultural Difference, Media Memories

Cultural Difference, Media Memories

Cultural Difference, Media Memories:
Anglo-American Images of Japan

London, Cassell, 1997
ISBN: 0-304-70110-6 (HB) / 0-304-70111-4 (PB)
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Introduction: Questioning Cultural Difference
Phil Hammond

Part One: Cultural Difference

1. Is Japan Different?
Daniel Ben-Ami

2. The Making of the Yellow Peril: Pre-War Western Views of Japan
Gina Owens

3. Nihonjinron: Made in the USA
Lynne Revell

Part Two: Media Memories

4. Fear and Loathing in the British Press
Phil Hammond and Paul Stirner

5. The Image Makers: British Journalists on Japan
Tessa Mayes and Megan Rowling

6. Orthodoxy and Dissent: The American News Media and the Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb Against Japan, 1945—1995
Uday Mohan and Leo Maley III

7. History and the News Media: The Smithsonian Controversy
Uday Mohan

8. Japanese War Memories
John Knight

Notes on Contributors

‘Phil Hammond’s Introduction…and the refreshing essays by his young contributors seek to deconstruct not only past and present stereotypes but the presumptions which often underlie them.’
– Gordon Daniels, Viewfinder, No. 32, February 1998

‘The feisty tone of this edited volume makes for much of its appeal. Its nine multidisciplinary essays are as much a critical analysis of Anglo-American media images of Japan as they are a wake-up call to scholars who have contributed to the poor state of media knowledge…’
– Gerald Figal, Pacific Historical Review, Vol. 68, No. 1, February 1999

‘The volume is an apt documentation of the West’s failure to understand and appreciate one of the most important nations in the world….it should be credited for exploring the root cause of this failure.’
– Harumi Befu, Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 58, No. 1, February 1999

‘With provocative new theoretical insights into the discussion of cultural difference and original research on the media coverage of the country…the book will be of interest to readers in the fields of media and cultural studies, anthropology and Japanese studies.’
Social Semiotics, Vol. 9, No. 1, 1999

Prize-winner in the 1998 Japan Festival Awards

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