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Unformatted text preview: political. There is no more obvious symbol of culture than a country’s flag. The flag is unique in that it is such a small object yet it can symbolize an entire country, the stars on our flag symbolize the 50 states, while the Canadian flag’s maple leaf symbolizes their culture. In rejecting the flag at their school functions the students were really rejecting the culture of the flag. The flag is an artifact from Japan’s pre-war era and thus many Japanese believe the flag symbolizes militarism and imperialism; the students at Tokorozawa obviously believe that. Anne Norton’s 4 th thesis also notes that culture is the site of political contestation which was also apparent in the case of the Tokorozawa students. The situation in Japan illustrates many other of Anne’s theses, but I believe it does so the most clearly in regards to number 4....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course POLISCI 790:103 taught by Professor Craig during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.
- Spring '08