Week 8


Please remember that the midterm has been cancelled in favor of a final paper based on the identification of a social problem, and a personally proposed solution to that problem. You should use resources such as the text book, readings from any of our classes, and the VICE.COM news channel in order to present a coherent and well informed paper. We have already looked at the issues of literacy and its connection to socialisation of ISIS fighters.Please browse the the Vice Japan Youtube Channel in order to find social issues that are of interest to you if you do not yet have any ideas.

https://www.youtube.com/user/VICEjpch This week we will view at least two of the videos below in order to more deeply understand some problems originating in Asia that affect us all even if we do not notice them

This video looks at the hidden problem of what is essentially government sponsored slavery here in Japan and it’s connections to the upcoming 2020 olympics

The Worst Internship Ever: Japan’s Labor Pains

From Sex Worker to Seamstress: The High Cost of Cheap Clothes


Anti-Nuke Political Art https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hI4pBzXhmUg

A presentation of the feelings of a biracial member of the Japanese cultural community https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhqYBhLh1IM

A trailer for the film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6j_wQQZY-OE

I interpret this short clip as an example of the stereotyped tendency for Japanese citizens to choose to be ignorant of social problems affecting individuals and the world community.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wi2r23e7fpA

An Introduction to the ideas of Richard Miller’s “Dark night of the soul” https://prezi.com/ul1_fmgdyozd/group-powerpoint-on-meditative-

Developmental Psychology

We are going to finish our investigation of Carl Jung and psychological types this week. Please do not forget to take the online test and write a short reflective paper discussing your feelings about the results.

Here is the prezi we will use this week


Psychological Imprinting


An extra talk by Philosopher Alan Watts reflecting on the importance of Carl Jung after his death


Here is a super short prezi introducing the philosophical framework we will be working in the next two weeks  https://prezi.com/e36stynjbyqa/copy-of-existentialism-and-absurdism/

In order to have a discussion this week, you MUST read the story. We will be discussing this next week as well. The story is very common place, but also magical, and ridiculous. But if you do not read it, we cannot talk about it. Here is a link to the text in Japanese thanks to Ryo!


Here is an English version of the book that you can LISTEN to


Here is one of the prezi’s we will be using to understand Kafka’s life and writing.


A really funny guy with a really good description of the story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_E9aOuf6eI8

An illustrated review in order to make it easier to understand



A really awesome place to start looking at questions and answers:


Alan Watts and Juddu Krishnamurti




Prezi on Sartre, one of the most important figures in the movement


A great playlist with Japanese subtitles



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