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Japanese animation in America and its fans

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dc.contributor.advisor Rosenberger, Nancy
dc.creator Davis, Jesse Christian
dc.date.accessioned 2008-06-12T22:35:23Z
dc.date.available 2008-06-12T22:35:23Z
dc.date.copyright 2008-05-14
dc.date.issued 2008-05-14
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/8736
dc.description Graduation date: 2008 en_US
dc.description.abstract This research covers Japanese animation and its popularity in the United States. It focuses on hardcore fans for whom this animation has become part of their lives. Using interviews of self-identified anime fans, this research explores how anime fandom has become a part of American life despite originating in a different culture. The information is analyzed through the theories of media anthropology, fan studies, and subcultures of consumption to better understand the popularity of Japanese animation in a country where few other non-native media have succeeded. Many fans started watching anime as a way to assert their own identity. Anime was appealing because of the digital community that supports fans even in remote parts of the country and because anime differed from mainstream entertainment. Anime fans differ in their actions based upon the age of the fans, with high school age fans very vocal in their support and identification with anime. Older fans are more likely to consider anime as only a limited part of their life. Anime has created an interest in Japan among many fans, but this interest has little to do with the actual country and more do with a perception of “Japan” as an exciting, exotic place. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Anime en_US
dc.subject Fandom en_US
dc.subject Manga en_US
dc.subject Subculture en_US
dc.subject Subcultures of Consumption en_US
dc.subject Fan Studies en_US
dc.subject Popular Culture en_US
dc.subject Japanese Culture in America en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Fans (Persons) -- Social aspects -- United States en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Popular culture -- United States -- Japanese influences en_US
dc.subject.lcsh United States -- Civilization -- Japanese influences en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Animated films -- Japan en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Comic books, strips, etc. -- Japan en_US
dc.title Japanese animation in America and its fans en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Arts (M.A.) in Applied Anthropology en_US
dc.degree.level Master's en_US
dc.degree.discipline Liberal Arts en_US
dc.degree.grantor Oregon State University en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Gross, Joan
dc.contributor.committeemember Goodnow, Trischa
dc.contributor.committeemember McAlexander, James

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