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Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty's Trek Across the Pacific


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In Pink Globalization, Christine R. Yano examines the creation and rise of Hello Kitty as a part of Japanese Cute-Cool culture. Yano argues that the international popularity of Hello Kitty is one aspect of what she calls pink globalizationandmdash;the spread of goods and images labeled cute (kawaii) from Japan to other parts of the industrial world. The concept of pink globalization connects the expansion of Japanese companies to overseas markets, the enhanced distribution of Japanese products, and the rise of Japan's national cool as suggested by the spread of manga and anime. Yano analyzes the changing complex of relations and identities surrounding the global reach of Hello Kitty's cute culture, discussing the responses of both ardent fans and virulent detractors. Through interviews, Yano shows how consumers use this iconic cat to negotiate gender, nostalgia, and national identity. She demonstrates that pink globalization allows the foreign to become familiar as it brings together the intimacy of cute and the distance of cool. Hello Kitty and her entourage of marketers and consumers wink, giddily suggesting innocence, sexuality, irony, sophistication, and even sheer happiness. Yano reveals the edgy power in this wink and the ways it can overturn, or at least challenge, power structures.


Tracing the global circulation and consumption of Hello Kitty, Christine R. Yano analyzes the spread of Japanese "cute-cool" culture, which she sees as combining kitsch with an ironic self-referentiality.

About the Author

Christine Yano is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of Hawaii. She is the author of Airborne Dreams: andquot;Niseiandquot; Stewardesses and Pan American World Airways, also published by Duke University Press, Crowning the Nice Girl: Gender, Ethnicity, and Culture in Hawaiandrsquo;iandrsquo;s Cherry Blossom Festival, and Tears of Longing: Nostalgia and the Nation in Japanese Popular Song.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments. Grabbing the Cat by Its Tail, or How the Cat Grabbed Me

Introduction. Kittyand#8212;Japanand#8212;Global

1. Kitty at Home: Kawaii Culture and the Kyarakuta Business

2. Marketing Global Kitty: Strategies to Sell Friendship and andquot;Happinessandquot;

3. Global Kitty: Here, There, and Nearly Everywhere

4. Kitty Backlash: What's Wrong with Cute?

5. Kitty Subversions: Pink as the New Black

6. Playing with Kitty: Serious Art in Surprising Places

7. Japan's Cute-Cool as Global Wink

Appendix 1. Sanrio and Hello Kitty Timeline

Appendix 2. Artists in Sanrio's Hello Kitty Thirtieth Anniversary Exhibit and Catalogue




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Yano, Christine R.
Duke University Press
Popular Culture
anthropology;cultural anthropology
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16 illustrations, 1 table

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
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