From a Japanese American Literature Class at a German University

This series of articles come from a Japanese American Literature class in Germany. Bettina Hofmann teaches American Studies at the University of Wuppertal, Germany and contacted Discover Nikkei about her class. She asked her students to write their response to the course - to be published on Discover Nikkei.

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Racism in Post-War America: Not a Matter of Black or White

During this summer term, I attended the course “Japanese Americans” at the University of Wuppertal in Germany. The overall aim of the course was to introduce us students to the literature of Japanese Americans in America now and then. In this article I would like to comment on one short story by Hisaye Yamamoto which I liked in particular: “Wilshire Bus” (in Seventeen Syllables and other Stories, 1988).

In the aftermath of World War II, life in general was not an easy matter. War time had shaken up basic and fundamental values, power structures had shifted around the globe, and ...

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Fascination Anime - One Piece & Eiichiro Oda

During this summer term I attended a course called “Japanese Americans” at the University of Wuppertal, Germany. We learned a lot about the history, life and culture of Japanese people living in America. Therefore our instructor encouraged us to contribute to discovernikkei.org. So I chose to write something about my most favorite topic: Anime.

I still remember the time when my siblings and I used to wake up at 6 a.m. to watch anime before we had to go either to school or kindergarten. My brother was 6, my sister 2 and I was 4 years old. Although ...

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Living and loving two cultures

This semester I attended a course called Japanese Americans at the University of Wuppertal. At the beginning of the semester I had no previous knowledge concerning the topic, but as it was declared to be a cultural studies course within our literary studies program, I thought it would be very interesting to get to know a totally new culture. During the semester we got to know a lot about the history and the living conditions of Japanese living in America. We had two sections about the history and we talked about several Japanese authors who wrote about Japanese living in ...

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Teaching Japanese American Literature at a German University

I teach American Studies at the University of Wuppertal. Our school is located in a post-industrial area near Cologne, Germany, and many of our students aspire to become English teachers. One topic about American culture and society which proves particularly interesting to my students is ethnicity. This has become an especially important topic in our society which for a long time claimed to be mono-ethnic and denied different ethnic diversity of its own citizens. In the summer term of 2010 I decided to offer a course on Japanese American literature for undergraduate students for the first time, and about 20 ...

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