"The Tiger's Eyes Are Like My Own": Depictions of Japaneseness in Contemporary American Movies


  • Iris-Aya Laemmerhirt




In our world today, different nations and cultures are interconnected via media technologies like films, television and the Internet. In this context, Sociologist Arjun Appadurai discussed the influence of the media in our global present and suggested a new role for the imagination. Japanese electronic entertainment products and anime cartoons are well known in the U.S. today and Hollywood is shifting away from representing outdated, negative stereotypes in more recent movies like Lost in Translation (2003) and The Last Samurai (2003).

Author Biography

Iris-Aya Laemmerhirt

Iris-Aya Laemmerhirt studied American Studies, British Studies and Film Studies at the Ruhr-University Bochum. She received her M.A. in 2003 and is now writing her dissertation with the working title: Transnational Exchanges Between Japan and USA. She has been teaching American cultural studies classes from 2005/2006 in Bochum and is currently teaching at the University of Dortmund and at the Ruhr-University Bochum. Her research interests include Japanese popular culture, the influence of Japanese culture in the United States, American masculinity, Hawaiian Culture and Disney studies.


How to Cite

Laemmerhirt, Iris-Aya. “‘The Tiger’s Eyes Are Like My Own’: Depictions of Japaneseness in Contemporary American Movies”. Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies, vol. 8, Mar. 2012, doi:10.5283/copas.97.