Skye Osuka is a PhD student, studying modern Japanese History with an emphasis in Food History and Food Studies. He received his B.S. in Nutrition Science from Syracuse University and M.A. in Asian Studies from Seton Hall University. His research interests include the impact of food aid during the Allied Occupation of Japan (1945-1952) and the impact society and history have in formulating new food ideas. He is also interested in societal and environmental food issues, including obesity rates, GMOs, organic vs. conventional, and food sovereignty. His hobbies include cooking, traveling, and meditating.
This course will explore contemporary Japanese society by investigating its colorful, dynamic, and rich output of visual culture. More specifically, we will look at manga, cinematic anime, and items of material culture, illustrating how these examples of popular art teach us about the various aspects of life in Japan.