Dr. Kyle Cleveland (Temple University Japan) will deliver an overview of who the Japanese are an ethnic community, how their culture emerged and how the Japanese people differ from their neighbors.
This event is a part of YCAPS' "Getting to Know Japan Series" co-sponsored by The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.
Kyle Cleveland is Associate Professor of Sociology at Temple University’s Japan Campus (TUJ), where he is Faculty Director of Study Abroad and Honors Programming. Associate Professor Cleveland's research interests focus on Japanese popular culture and ethnic identity in relation to globalization and social changes in contemporary Japan. Associate Professor Cleveland supervises both American based university students on short-term study abroad, and locally enrolled students with long-term visa sponsorship who study at TUJ. As the founding Director of TUJ's Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies, he has supervised special programmes in Japanese popular culture and visual media studies, organized a lecture series, and produced events and symposia related to contemporary political issues. Through the Wakai Project, he organizes a series of events in which students from various universities, scholars, activists, and media collaborate to address how globalization is affecting youth culture in Japan.