I'm putting together a course on multiculturalism for my
students in Japan - it's a subject of some importance in a closed
society. I have a fair number of ideas so far, as detailed below, but
I'd like to develop a historical perspective in Unit One about how
things have changed since the youth revolution in the 1960s for a more
open, just and equal society. Could anyone give a good suggestion for
a film which exemplifies the social shift in the 1960s to the new
multicultural attitudes? I'm afraid films have to be restricted to
recent well-known box-office hits for the most part, not only to
maintain interest but because of availability in Japanese video shops.
As far as readings are concerned: Robert Stam and Ella Shohat's
*Unthinking Eurocentrism: Multiculturalism and the Media,* which would
be a very interesting text for non students of non European descent.
In terms of film, maybe peripheral but certainly stimulating: how
about foreign (non Japanese) films depicting Japan?
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