Japanese Popular Culture in East and Southeast Asia: Time for a Regional Paradigm?

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The article proposes a regional paradigm for analyzing the dissemination of culture throughout East and Southeast Asia, including Japanese popular culture. Not only does it seek to capture the expansion of popular culture into several national markets, but it provides a topology of East and Southeast Asia's cultural flows by highlighting the region's geopolitical, economic, and societal densities and specificities. It argues that it is essential to view the regional not only as a process which facilitates cultural flows across national boundaries or as a manifestation of global-local relations, but as an analytical unit containing particular characteristics which differentiate it from other regions and localities caught up in globalization.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2008


  • CULTURE diffusion
  • POLITICS & culture
  • CULTURE & globalization
  • POPULAR culture


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