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Unformatted text preview: outcast) or they end up saving their poor witless peers from complete destruction or embarrassment (oftentimes portrayed as the worse fate of all). These types of stories, of course, spoke to the brainy, lonesome and terribly awkward teenager that I once was (not that Ive made much progress since) and they still fascinate me to no end. I think depictions of outstanding, but exiled teenagers have such an enduring appeal in Japan because they poignantly exemplify the unspoken tension that is so pervasive in Japanese culture. This tension arises out of a feara constant neurotic (bordering paranoid) fear that one could be cast aside by their friends and co-workers at any momentthat is just as malignant as it is crucial to the Japanese way of life. Fail to stay in your place, fail to meet expectations or, worse yet, fail to avoid embarrassment, and you could be facing the cold, hard fate of unremitting public ostracism. Now thats enough to scare any Japanese teenager....
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course PSC 245 taught by Professor Joel during the Winter '07 term at UC Davis.
- Winter '07