University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
Japanese culture, Japanese Americans, ethnomusicology, popular culture
With Japan and Japanese Americans as a focus, Christine Yano’s interests lie in the processes by which nation-cultures construct and sustain themselves, in particular, in forms of popular culture. She looks at music and other consumer goods with an eye to their interactions within the larger frameworks of gender, class, nationalism and globalism. Her research on the topic of “cute culture” in Japan, particularly as a consumer item through the business practices and goods of Sanrio, has her exploring issues of gender and power through global consumer culture.