Anime: A Gateway to Japan
With Aeric Holbrook,
Culture, Education, and Communications Expert
Meridian, 50 Milk St. 5F,
Boston, MA 02109
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 12 - 1PM
The impact of Japanese popular culture across the globe has made it a gateway to Japan. Affecting how we socialize and connect with the society, it has become a major export, diplomatic tool, and transnational phenomenon. This brown bag discussion explores the magnitude of Japan’s distinctive pop culture in the digital age.
About the Speaker:
Aeric's interest in Japan grew from practicing katakana in 2nd grade to eventually volunteering at events, studying abroad in Japan, and earning a Bachelor’s degree in Japanese Studies. While traveling all over the world to research culture and education, Aeric found that Japanese popular culture and media had an undeniably strong presence. Once back in DC, they worked with Japan affiliated organizations, chaired for the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival, and managed hoards of students participating in Japanese educational and exchange programs. It was during a Master's degree in International Education and Intercultural Communication that Aeric produced research on how Japanese popular culture actively influenced people around the globe— learning habits, formation of identities, and social behavior. For the last ten years, they've been bringing universities and audiences across the East Coast presentations on Japan. Currently their academic research features the unique intersections of Japan, communication, and media.
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