Christina M. Spiker

Christina M. Spiker

Art Historian | Professor | Digital Humanist

Course // Godzilla to Hello Kitty: Japanese Popular Culture (UC Irvine)


Buddhist Art & Architecture
FILM & MEDIA STUDIES 160 / ART HISTORY 150 | University of California, Irvine


Explore Japan through the mass production, distribution, and consumption of Japanese popular culture. Students will learn how to analyze a diverse array of visual material-architecture, advertising, animation (anime), art, comics (manga), digital idols, film, graphic design, mascot culture, music, and video games. In discovering the popular construction of “Japaneseness,” the course will proceed thematically to address issues of nationalism, race, gender, domesticity, consumer culture, subculture, and Japan’s relationship with its minorities from 1950 to 2012. Using methodologies from media studies, film studies, art history, and anthropology, the goal will be to rethink Japan as a site of local and global pop culture flows from Godzilla to Hello Kitty.