Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty's Trek Across the Pacific (英語) ハードカバー – 2013/4/29
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"Many feminists find Hello Kitty to be an example of a submissive, infantile undercurrent of Japanese culture. Other detractors see her simply as an example of manufactured corporate sweetness. Perhaps the best explanation for her popularity, however, was inadvertently provided by an overheated religious website called Hell of Kitty, which warned that the cat 'invades children's vulnerable hearts exactly through the weaponry of cuteness.' And who can resist that?"--Meghan Keane "Wall Street Journal "
"Pink Globalization isn't a primer for Hello Kitty lovers, it's a deep dive into the tale of the small feline that has dominated culture from East to West--all without saying a word or making a sound. Not every icon can make that claim, but, then again, not every icon is Hello Kitty."--Scott Elingburg "Popmatters "
"Required reading for anyone interested in contemporary Asian studies, American studies, globalization, popular culture, and cultural studies."--L. Miller "Choice "
"Featuring one-on-one interviews with Hello Kitty fans and detractors alike, it offers readers a rare insight into the iconic cat's influence on gender, nostalgia and national identity. By the book's end, you should understand Kitty-chan's journey from innocent kitten to sophisticated global superstar -- even if you still don't quite get her overall appeal." --Elliott Samuels "Japan Times "
"If you've ever thought about or explained cool Japan, feminized consumerism, feminist reinterpretations, high art versus low art, Christine R. Yano's Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty's Trek Across the Pacific is the book for you. . . . Highly recommended for its careful and detailed analysis of the complete Hello Kitty phenomenon."--Raizel Liebler "The Learned Fangirl "
"Yano's most impressive accomplishment with Pink Globalization is the way that she arranges the little details in such a way as to suggest the big picture without ever slipping into didacticism or the rhetorical register of narcissism. Tackling Sanrio, even in part, is no small task, but Pink Globalization manages it with honesty, empathy, and intelligence."--Ben Gabriel "The New Inquiry "
"Yano has tied together in one package a number of disparate themes that share the common denominator of Hello Kitty. She artfully demonstrates that this well-traveled feline figure is not a flash-in-the-pan craze . . . Her book is an invaluable contribution to the study of transnational flows of culture."--Brian McVeigh "Journal of Japanese Studies "
"Pink Globalization represents a well-inflected look at the Hello Kitty phenomenon. The writing is assured and theoretically rich yet quite accessible to a general readership, including undergraduates. Despite this theoretical richness, it also manages throughout the light, humorous touches one would hope for from a book on this topic.... Pink Globalization is a valuable contribution to the anthropological, Japanese studies, gender studies, and other literature on the internationalization of Japanese popular culture."--Marvin D. Sterling "Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute "
"Yano's book is an engaging and interesting read and will appeal to a wide readership--ranging from business history, to Japanese studies, to popular culture studies, as well as marketing and consumerism. ... [A] rich and sophisticated portrayal of a seemingly cute but, in reality, complex commodity."--Helen Macnaughtan "Business History Review "
"Obviously, Japan specialists and symbolic anthropologists will love this book. But this is one of those anthropology books that you can actually give to someone outside the tribe without fear of them looking at you askance or with polite boredom--it will be anything but. And this book is going to make a fine text next semester when I teach Japanese popular culture."--James Stanlaw "American Ethnologist "
I do have a few two problems with the book. First is it's over long introduction section, I really wanted to dig into the meat of the book. The second on chapter on Kitty Backlash she mentions Landover Baptist Church as a source of fundamentalist Christian opposition but fails to recognize Landover Baptist is a fictions parody site. I would expect Christine You a professor writing an academic would have been more diligent in her research, I see this as an oversight.
Being a social science buff this book gave me very good insight on How Hello Kitty is a popular Icon outside Japan and of my in interest of collecting Hello Kitty and Sanrio items as an 52 year old Male and part of furry subculture; how and how and why I was able to adapt Hello Kitty into my part of the furry subculture.
This book, even with its flaws, is good for somebody wants to look deeper into the social science of Hello Kitty.
Good Academic Read on Hello Kitty