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Karen Tei YamashitaFictions of Magic and Memory$
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A. Robert Lee

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780824872946

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824872946.001.0001

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(Re)Production Cycles

(Re)Production Cycles

Labor and National Identity in Circle K Cycles

(p.123) Chapter Eight (Re)Production Cycles
Karen Tei Yamashita

Nathan Ragain

University of Hawai'i Press

Ragain subjects the image and text collage of Circle K Cycles to a materialist-historical reading. He sees the store chain as Yamashita’s image of how Japan at large has commodified its own image – taken up with consumption, economic profit, and a transnational capitalism stretching from Tokyo to Brazil. He suggests the novel shows a Japan, in its consumerism, package overkill and proliferation of knick-knacks, more taken up with buying and selling itself than developing a more enduring cultural creativity.

Keywords:   Japan, Japaneseness, Brazil, Consumption, Commodity, Rice, Ethnicity

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