The True Origins of Pizza: Irony, the Internet, & East Asian Nationalisms

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Or in short, putting reactions to that Mr. Pizza (미스터피자) commercial under the magnifying glass. If you haven’t already then, make sure to read Stephen Epstein and Rumi Sakamoto’s article of the above title at Japan Focus here, and thanks very much to them for the mention.

3 thoughts on “The True Origins of Pizza: Irony, the Internet, & East Asian Nationalisms

  1. “The case suggests not only the extent to which researchers in the Web 2.0 era, particularly those writing for an online journal, become part of the international circulation of discourse but also the extent to which assumptions about identity and background continue to inform reactions about expressed viewpoints…”

    I love it!

  2. I don’t get why there’s so much animosity between these two countries. Granted, there’ a lot of historical bad blood, miseducation on the history of both Japan and Korea _about_ Japan and Korea _within_ Japan and Korea, and they’re competing evermore directly with one another in the international arena, and as is always the case these days the most negative voices speak loudest, but _still_, they’ve got more in common with one another than they have with any other country (I still remember years ago reading an article about a Japanese man in Japan who visited a Koreatown and said, “it was like meeting my brothers”)…you’d hope they’d band together for solidarity’s sake if nothing else.

    It’s understandable, but disheartening to say the least.

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