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Little Tokyo Community Profiles

Engaging the Community: Occidental College’s 2009 Partnership with Discover Nikkei

Morgan Pitelka

This spring, ten students in the Occidental College Asian Studies seminar “Japanophilia” had the opportunity to get to know some of the business leaders of the Japanese American community in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. The seminar is unusual, looking at the historical connection between Japanese self-identity and Western fascination with …

Little Tokyo Community Profiles

community history

This collection includes materials from the five businesses that students in the Occidental College Asian Studies seminar "Japanophilia" (2009) profiled through their collaboration with the Japanese American National Museum's Discover …

On Japanophilia: Collecting, Authenticity, and Making Identity

Morgan Pitelka

Japanophilia, or the obsession with things Japanese and the idea of Japan, has a long history. Although the term implies a rather unhealthy passion, Japanophiles have by no means been marginal figures, but rather some of the key players in the history of Euro -American encounters with Japan. In the …

Landscaping America: Occidental College Student Research

online exhibition

Students in the Occidental College seminar "Japanophilia: Orientalism, Nationalism, Transnationalism" visited and analyzed gardens in and around Los Angeles as part of a Community-Based Research Project with the Japanese American …


online exhibition

This collection brings together student work from a seminar held at Occidental College, titled "Japanophilia: Orientalism, Nationalism, Transnationalism." The class examined the relationship between collecting/appropriating Japanese culture and the creation …

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