EASC 11.17.09

EASC 11.17.09 - East Asian Societies Discussion November...

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East Asian Societies Discussion November 17, 2009 Tampopo Movie o Peoples desire for food and sex o Japanese search for perfection- the perfect noodle Everyone is so obsessed o Everything in Japan has its ritual aspect At the beginning- how to eat the noodle Everything in Japan has strong ritual o Satire on middle class life How they are pretentious, obsessed with food The hotel is spectacular But so irrelevant to the rest of the movie It means food in Japan can enhance pleasures o Pay attention to the role of women in film How do different social classes act differently Inventing Japan o Politics in Japan: post WWI 1955 system Political system that prevailed from 1955-1993 The part in power was the Conservative, liberal, democratic party Held close ties with the US Drew support from the middle classes Four pillars that supported systems: Support policies to achieve the catch up with the west goal The presence of large integrative interest groups Bureaucracy, immense prestige, and power One party dominance o Feminism Role of women in Japan Many are hindered by patriarchal ideas of the past Ideal in a rigor society are hard to overcome
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