Julia Schulte

Julia Schulte was born in Germany in September, 1987. She has been studying English and American Studies as well as religious education at the University of Wuppertal for two and a half years in order to become a teacher for grammar schools. According to her literary studies course programme, she took this year´s course on “Japanese Americans” by Dr. Bettina Hofmann. In her free time, she works as a volunteer fire fighter in her community, and organizes and teaches the youth section there.

Updated October 2010

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From a Japanese American Literature Class at a German University

Cultural challenges and differences in Etsu Sugimoto´s "A Daughter of the Samurai"

To be honest from the very beginning: When I registered for our lecture on “Japanese Americans” I had absolutely no idea of what to expect. I did not know a thing about Japanese Americans, neither about their history nor about their culture. The course description, however, sounded interesting and therefore I decided to take that course.

In the very first lesson we were introduced to the different topics in this lecture. The most striking aspects for me were the emotional and cultural influences on Japanese Americans due to their immigration to the United States. One of our very first texts ...

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