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.

Winter 2020

ANTH215 Japanese Popular Culture Sections

Television shows, dramas, movies, advertising, marketing, manga (Japanese style "comics"), anime (Japanese animation), theatrical forms, popular literature, popular music, fashion fads, tourism, toys, and sports.

Winter 2020
No ANTH course(s) were found for W2020 term.Winter 2020

ANTH315 Japanese Culture and Society Sections

Japanese culture and society: patterns of organization, value systems, family, education, work, minorities and diversity, harmony and conflict, urban/rural differences, gender, sexuality, youth, tradition, continuity, change, and future prospects.

Winter 2020
No ANTH course(s) were found for W2020 term.