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Harvard East Asian Monographs 173

Riding the Black Ship

Japan and Tokyo Disneyland

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$25.00 • £20.95 • €22.50

ISBN 9780674768949

Publication Date: 05/01/1999


264 pages

6 x 9 inches

3 maps, 3 tables, 5 halftones, 4 line illustrations

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Raz’s socio-anthropological study describes how a significant piece of American business, ideology, and fantasy has been remade in Japan. Raz challenges the popular idea of Tokyo Disneyland as being a cultural imperialism. Rather, he found that it has succeeded precisely because it has become Japanese while marketing itself as American...[A] fine ethnography.—M. Y. Rynn, Choice

Raz’s study of Tokyo Disneyland (TDL) is a well-grounded case of domestication. The central question of the study is to examine how Walt Disney World, as a globalizing and imperialistic operation, has been reworked into the localized cultural networks of Japan…This book is a strong case of glocalization, collapsing the global and local. —Eric K. W. Ma , Journal of Communication

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