Millie Creighton

Sociocultural Anthropology, Japan, Japanese descent communities (Nikkei or Nikkeijin), Korea, Inter-Asian Relations, Identity, Consumerism, Popular and Mass Culture, Gender, Minorities, Work and Leisure.

Selected Publications

Refereed Journal Articles and Refereed Chapters in Major Books:

Creighton, Millie. 2016. “Through the Korean Wave Looking Glass: Gender, Consumerism, Transnationalism, and Tourism Reflecting Japan-Korea Relations in Global East Asia. Asia Pacific Journal: Japan Focus. Vol 14, Issue 7, Article no. 7, pp 1-15. 

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—–. 2015.“We Have Always Lived in Our Ancestral Village – At the Edge of the Hong Kong Mega-Mall with the Japanese Department Store.” Critique of Anthropology 25.3: 280-300.

—–. 2015. “Civil Society Volunteers Supporting Japan’s Constitution, Article 9 and Associated Peace, Diversity, and Post 3.11 Environmental Issues.” Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. (2015): vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 121-143.

—–. 2014. “Emergent Japanese Discourses on Minorities, Race, Culture, and Identity”. Global Ethnographic 2014, issue 2: 1-17.

—–. 2014. “Wasuren!–We Won’t Forget! The Work of Remembering and Commemorating Japan’s and Tohoku’s (3.11) Triple Disasters in Local Cities and Communities”.Journal of Global Initiatives: Policy, Pedagogy, Perspective, vol. 9, no.1, pp. 97-119.

—–. 2011. “Japan’s Article 9 Renunciation of War as a Model Towards Justice and a Global Civil Society of Peace,” pp. 182-195 in Globality and the Absence of Justice: Global Civil Society Yearbook 2011, ed. by Martin Albrow and Hakan Seckinelgin. London: Palgrave.

—–. 2010. “Metaphors of Japaneseness and Negotiations of Nikkei Identity: The Transnational Networking of People of Japanese Descent,” pp. 133-162 in Japanese and Nikkei at Home and Abroad, ed. by Nobuko Adachi. New York: Cambria Press.

—–. 2010. Taiko, Selves, Japan; Travels with My Garbage Can, World Connecting Drums. Asia Pacific World 1(2): 109-127.

—–. 2009. “The Heroic Edo-ic: Traveling the History Highway in Today’s Tokugawa Japan,”pp. 37-75 in Japanese Tourism and Travel Culture, ed. by Sylvie Guichard-Anguis and Okpyo Moon. Routledge: London and New York.

—–. 2009. “Japanese Surfing the Korean Wave: Drama Tourism, Nationalism and Gender via Ethnic Eroticisms.” Southeast Review of Asian Studies (SERAS), vol. 31, pp. 10-38.

—–. 2009. “Political Controversies and Pop Culture Romances: The Hanryu Boom in Asia, Television Tourism and Korea-Japan Relations,” in India and Korea through the Ages: Historical, Religious and Cultural Perspectives, edited by Vvjayanti Raghavan, pp. 327-347, New Delhi: Manak Publications.

—–. 2008. “Contemporary Taiko Performing Soundscapes, Landscapes, and Identities,” pp. 34-67 in Performing Japan, ed. by Jerry Jaffey and Henry Johnson. Kent, England: Global Oriental.

—–. 2008. “Japanese Journeys in Search of a Foreign Fictive Friend: Assuming, Consuming, and Subsuming “Canada” through Anne of Green Gables Tourism,” pp. 31-40 in The Globetrotting Shopaholic: Consumer Spaces, Products, and Their Cultural Places, ed. by Tanfer Emin Tunc and Annessa Babic. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

—–. 2008.“Fu shi hui: cong gudai riben de dazhong wenhua meixue dao dandai riben liuxing wenhua shenfen xisanzheng” [“Ukiyoe from Historic Japanese Mass Culture Aesthetic to Contemporary Popular Culture Identity Icon”] Journal of Jinan University (ISSN 1671-3842) Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 63-69.

——. 2007. “Changing Heart (Beats): From Japanese Identity and Nostalgia to Taiko for Citizens of the Earth,” in East-West Identities: Globalization, Localization, and Hybridization, ed. by Walls, Jan, Hayward, David, Yeh, Emily Y. Y. pp. 203-228. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Academic Publishers.

—–. 2007. “Dancing Lessons from God: To Be the Good or the Good Bad Ethnographer,” in Extraordinary Anthropology: Transformations in the Field, ed. by John-Guy Goulet and Bruce G. Miller, Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, pp. 380-417.

—–. 2006. “Two Wests Meet Japan: How a Three-Way Comparison of Japan With Canada and the United States Shifts Culture Paradigms,” in Dismantling the EastWest Dichotomy, ed. by Joy Hendry and Heung Wah Wong, pp. 103-109. London and New York: Routledge.

—–. 2006. “Are Korean Noraebang, Japan kara OK? Reflections on Singing Banquets, Singing Doctors, and Singing Rooms in South Korea.” Korean Popular Music: Riding the Wave, pp. 123-136. ed. by Keith Howard. Manchester, England: Global Oriental.

—–. 2005. “Nikkei Ethnicity and Identity Through Japanese Diaspora Transnational Networking.” Studies in Language and Culture. International Institute of Language and Culture Studies, Ritsumeikan University, 2005   pp. 1-19.

—–. 2004. “From the Heart of Japan to the Heartbeat of Humanity: Re-Sounding Rhythms of Taiko, Traditions, and Identities,” in The Korean Beat: In Search of the Origins of Korean Culture, pp. 395-406. Daegu, Korea: Keimyung University.

—–. 2003. “May the Saru River Flow: The Nibutani Dam and the Resurging Tide of the Ainu Identity Movement,” in Joining Past and Future: Japan at the Millennium, ed. by David Edgington, pp. 120-143. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

—–. 2001. “Spinning Silk, Weaving Selves: Gender, Nostalgia and Identity in Japanese Craft Vacations,” Japanese Studies 21.1: 5-29.

—–. 1998. “Pre-Industrial Dreaming in Post-Industrial Japan: Department Stores and the Commoditization of Community Traditions,” Japan Forum 10 (2): 1-23.

(This article was awarded the Canon Prize in 1999, for published work during 1998.)

—–. 1998. “The Seed of Creative Lifestyle Shopping: Wrapping Consumerism in Japanese Store Layouts.” In Servicescapes: The Concept of Place in Contemporary Markets, ed. by John F. Sherry, Jr., pp. 199-227, Chicago: Illinois: NTC Publishing.

—–. 1998. “Something More: Japanese Department Stores’ Marketing of ‘a Meaningful Human Life’.” In Asian Department Stores, ed. by Kerrie L. MacPherson, pp. 206-230. Surrey, Great Britain: Curzon Press.

—–. 1998. “Weaving the Future from the Heart of Tradition: Learning in Leisure Activities,” in Learning in Likely Places: Varieties of Apprenticeship in Japan, ed. By John Singleton, pp. 190-207. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

—–. 1998. “‘Kramer vs. Kramer vs. Suspense Theatre: The Perception Gap in Constructions of Self, Gender and Family.” In Japan and the West: The Perception Gap, ed. by Keizo Nagatani and David Edgington, pp. 81-108. Aldergate, Great Britain: Ashgate.

—–. 1997. “Soto Others and Uchi Others: Imaging Racial Diversity, Imagining Homogeneous Japan.” In Japan’s Minorities: The Illusion of Homogeneity, ed. by Michael Weiner, pp. 211-238. London: Routledge.

—–. 1997. “Consuming Rural Japan: The Marketing of Tradition and Nostalgia in the Japanese Travel Industry.” Ethnology 36.3 (269-254).

—–. 1996. “Marriage, Motherhood, and Career Management in a Japanese ‘Counter Culture’.” In Re-Imaging Japanese Women, ed. by Anne Imamura, pp. 192-220. Berkeley: University of California Press.

—–. 1995. “Imaging the Other in Japanese Advertising Campaigns”. In Occidentalism: Images of the West, ed. by James Carrier, pp. 135-160. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

—–. 1995. “The Non-Vanishing Ainu: A Damming Development Project, Internationalization and Japan’s Indigenous Other.” The American Asian Review. 13.2 (1995): 69-96.

—–. 1995. “Japanese Craft Tourism: Liberating the Crane Wife.” Annals of Tourism Research. 22.2 (1995): 463-478.

—–. 1995. “Creating Connected Identities Among Japanese Company Employees: Learning to be Members of Department Store Work Communities”. Culture 15.2 (1995): 47-64.

—–. 1995. “Socialization Into a Japanese Corporate Community: The Case of Department Stores.” In Japan Studies 91, ed. by Claus Pringsheim, pp. 31-43. Ottawa: Japan Studies Association of Canada.

—–. 1995. “Socialization for Consumerism: From Infant Shopping Clubs to Young Adult Consumer Roles.” In Communication with Japan: Images, Past, Present and Future, pp. 79-96. Montreal: Concordia University.

—–. 1995. “Japan’s Department Stores: Selling ‘Internationalization’.” in Comparing Cultures: Readings on Contemporary Japan for American Writers, ed. by Merry I. White and Sylvan Barnet, pp. 334-344. Boston: New Bedford Books of St. Martin’s Press. (reprinted from Japan Society Newsletter 37.4.)

—–. 1994. “Edutaining Children: Consumer and Gender Socialization in Japanese Marketing.” Ethnology 33.1 (1994): 35-52.

—–. 1994. “The Shifting Imagery of Childhood Amidst Japan’s Consumer Affluence: The Birth of the “5 Pocket Child’.” In Images of the Child, ed. by H. Eiss, pp.75-99. Bowling Green Ohio: The Popular Press (Division of Bowling Green State University Press).

—–. 1994. “Nostalgia, Identity and Gender: Woven in 100% Pure Silk.” In Making and Metaphor: A Discussion of Meaning in Contemporary Craft, ed. by Gloria A. Hickey, pp. 100-113. Ottawa: Canadian Museum of Civilization.

—–. 1994. “Images of Foreigners in Japanese Advertising.” In Japan in Focus, ed. by Jacob Kovalio, pp. 225-240. Toronto: Captus Press.

—–. 1993. “Sweet Love’ and Women’s Place: Valentine’s Day, Japan Style.” Journal of Popular Culture 27.3 (1993): 1-19.

—–. 1992. “The Depaato: Merchandising the West While Selling ‘Japaneseness’.” In Re-Made in Japan: Everyday Life and Consumer Taste in a Changing Society, ed. by Joseph J. Tobin, pp. 42-57. New Haven: Yale University Press.

—–.1991. “Maintaining Cultural Boundaries in Retailing: How Japanese Department Stores Domesticate ‘Things Foreign’.” Modern Asian Studies 25.4 (1991): 675-709.

—–. 1990. “Revisiting Shame and Guilt Cultures: A Forty Year Pilgrimage.” Ethos 18.3 (1990): 279-307.