Friendship in Japan: A Cross-Cultural Inquiry

Paul Schalow (Asian Languages and Cultures)

Friendship can be understood as the human need to appreciate and be appreciated by another person. At first glance, it seems a natural and unproblematic part of our lives. But, when dealing with friendship across cultures, the concept of friendship becomes surprisingly complex. In this seminar, students will draw on their experience of Japanese pop culture, cinema, and texts to explore how friendship is configured across divisions of age, status, ethnicity, gender, and even species. Students will also share their knowledge of how friendship is represented in literary and cinematic traditions besides Japan’s.

Course Number: 
01:090:101 section 69 index 17165