Argumentative Research Paper First, identify a Japanese popular culture topic that interests you It

Argumentative Research Paper

First, identify a Japanese popular culture topic that
interests you It can be within a category covered in class (television, film,
music, anime, manga, sports, fashion, or food) or another category of Japanese
popular culture

Second, start thinking about how to respond to this prompt:

In his lecture (Links to an external site)Links to an
external site posted on YouTube on 9 Nov 2015, William Tsutsui says,
“Now, seeing all these themes and the riotous profusion of popular culture
they have enlivened, it’s hard not to wonder, ‘What forces in Japan, what
forces in Japanese history, what forces in the contemporary Japanese experience
have stimulated the broad diversity and sparked the imaginative energy of
Japan’s pop universe?†(40:04 – 40:32) He offers three alternative
interpretations of the global success of Japanese popular culture:

Culture/tradition: Japanese popular culture is a
continuation of and expansion of traditional practices and cultural forms of
expression

Traumas from World War II: Japanese popular culture is an
expression of the traumas of the Japanese experience of World War II (atomic
bombing, defeat, and US domination)

Unresolved tensions: Contemporary Japanese society is so
repressive, so uniquely intense, that popular culture expresses the anxieties
generated by rapid industrialization and by modernization

Which of these alternative interpretations (or combination
of interpretations) provides the best explanation for the success of your chosen
phenomenon, and why?

In a formal, argumentative research paper of 1250 to 1500
words, not counting the Works Cited page (use the word count tool in Microsoft
Word), develop a thesis (main argument) that uses your chosen topic to make an
argument in response to the prompt; ie, use what you know about your topic as
evidence to support your argument regarding which of the explanations for the
global success of Japanese popular culture summarized by Tsutsui best applies
to your topic The rest of the paper will comprise your attempts to convince
your reader of the veracity of your thesis, supported by your research

Assume that your audience is a smart, educated person who
has read, but is not an expert on, popular culture theory, so you need not provide
extensive summary of articles we have read for this course As you write, it
might help to think of a smart friend of yours as your audience As a formal
piece of university writing, your research paper should be typed and
double-spaced throughout, using Times
New Roman font in 12-point size, and with margins of one inch all the way
around each page Provide an MLA-style header and essay title as explained in
#20 and #22 in “Tips for Better Prose” at (Links to an external site)Links to an external site> Please do not use a
cover page or footnotes If you wish to quote, do so only after reading
Becky Rosenberg’s document, “Using
Direct Quotation” at
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Using MLA formatting, you will append a Works Cited list
Use a page break to make sure it starts on a new page Remember that only works
you actually cite go on this page Also, remember that you must provide, in
addition to complete publication information, the details regarding where you
found the sources if you retrieved them electronically For guidance regarding
assembling a Works Cited list and formatting in-text citations, see the Campus
Library’s guide at http://guideslibuwedu/cphp?g=345645&p=2329363
Remember that you need to cite at least four sources, at least two of which
must be from peer-reviewed, scholarly sources

After your paper is carefully written, it will be time for
editing and proofreading Because all teachers have their own idiosyncratic
preferences for writing, you should learn what mine are by reading “Tips
for Better Prose (Links to an external site)Links to an external site”
Reading this document is a required part of the assignment When I return your
paper to you, I will indicate common errors that I find in your paper that tend
to distract your readers I will use a list of codes such as “T1,”
“T2,” and so forth, which refer to the numbered items of the
“Tips for Better Prose” document Of course, it would be better for
you and for me if you pay close attention to the document so you can avoid some
of the mechanical errors that I commonly find in student (and even
professional) writing, rather than have them pointed out to you afterward I
recommend printing that document, and, after you finish writing your paper,
check the items off one by one to make sure your paper is as mechanically sound
as you can make it Although the mechanics of writing are less important to me
than the ideas expressed, the mechanics inevitably improve the effectiveness of
your communication of ideas, which, after all, is your ultimate goal with each
piece of writing that you do

When you think you have a completed draft, do a final word
count (in the Tools pull-down menu of Microsoft Word) to make sure your paper
meets the length requirement Do not put the word count in your paper, though; 

 

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